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Loulou (1980)

A bored wife leaves her husband for an unemployed, petty criminal.

Director:

Maurice Pialat

Writers:

Arlette Langmann (scenario), Arlette Langmann (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Isabelle Huppert ... Nelly
Gérard Depardieu ... Loulou
Guy Marchand ... André
Humbert Balsan Humbert Balsan ... Michel
Bernard Tronczak Bernard Tronczak ... Rémy (as Bernard Tronczyk)
Christian Boucher Christian Boucher ... Pierrot
Frédérique Cerbonnet Frédérique Cerbonnet ... Dominique
Jacqueline Dufranne Jacqueline Dufranne ... Mémère
Willy Safar Willy Safar ... Jean-Louis
Agnès Rosier Agnès Rosier ... Cathy
Patricia Coulet Patricia Coulet ... Marité
Jean-Claude Meilland Jean-Claude Meilland ... Jean-Claude, le gars du casse
Patrick Playez Patrick Playez ... Thomas
Gérald Garnier Gérald Garnier ... Lulu
Catherine De Guirchitch Catherine De Guirchitch ... Marie-Jo
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Storyline

Maurice Pialat's portrait of contemporary France mocks prosperity as a substitute for social and sexual revolution. Nelly abandons her bourgeois friends and a steady relationship for the unemployed layabout Loulou, whose charms include focusing his energy into sex. Written by <dbc@star.sr.bham.ac.uk>

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Brilliantly Observed... Depardieu And Huppert Perform Remarkably. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [France]

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

3 September 1980 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A vagány See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Action Films, Gaumont See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Quotes

André: Those three years of us don't count?
Nelly: Of course they do.
André: So? Lust is temporary.
Nelly: I want both.
André: What is it about him?
Nelly: He's insatiable.
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Alternate Versions

The New Yorker Films American DVD release is the edited version eg the first sex scene between Loulou and Nelly is much longer in the video edition. See more »


Soundtracks

Like a bird on the wing
(Georges Bacri - Philippe Sarde)
par Philippe Sarde
Disques Pathé. Editions Pemma
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Loulou is loo-loo.
26 August 2005 | by raskimonoSee all my reviews

This is quite a dull movie. Well-shot with realistic performances especially a very good one from Depardieu as a cad and bad boy with realistic locations mood and art-house connotations all over, it fails because the director takes no position, stand or critical commentary on the topic he stipulates. One of France's revered and regular working partner on films with Depardieu - I believe they made 7 together - Pialat fails to engage. It seems to be a treatise on why women fall for the bad boy who will hurt when they have a ready caring boyfriend and good-hearted husband around. Isabelle Hupert who plays the philanderer with nonchalant distinction offers opprobrium answers like "I don't know"; "I like his arms"; "I like the way he makes love" to her inquiring husband who tries to kick her out of the house but palliates and reconsiders because... I assume he loves her. So he accepts and hope for what? That she will one day wake up and come to her senses. Things like this are not answered in Pialat's condescending docu-drama style with long speeches and even longer scenes that don't add up. I know the answers do not add up but please take a stand. Jules et Jim, this is not. The final shot as cold as the movie we have just watched is a heartache and headache only to the most forgiving.


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