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À Nos Amours (1983)

À nos amours (original title)
An erratic young woman's family desperately tries to prevent her increasingly erotic ways.

Director:

Maurice Pialat

Writers:

Arlette Langmann (scenario and dialogue), Maurice Pialat (scenario and dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandrine Bonnaire ... Suzanne
Maurice Pialat ... Le père
Christophe Odent ... Michel
Dominique Besnehard Dominique Besnehard ... Robert
Cyril Collard ... Jean-Pierre
Jacques Fieschi Jacques Fieschi ... Le beau-frère
Valérie Schlumberger Valérie Schlumberger ... Marie-France
Evelyne Ker Evelyne Ker ... La mère
Pierre Novion Pierre Novion ... Adrien
Tsilka Theodorou Tsilka Theodorou ... Fanny
Cyr Boitard Cyr Boitard ... Luc
Anne-Marie Nivelle Anne-Marie Nivelle ... Mère Jean-Pierre
Anne-Sophie Maillé Anne-Sophie Maillé ... Anne
Pierre-Loup Rajot Pierre-Loup Rajot ... Bernard
Jean-Paul Camail Jean-Paul Camail ... Angelo
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Storyline

Suzanne is sixteen and is having sex with many boys, just for fun, but did not manage to really love one of them. Her family does not understand her. The father does not like her behaviour. When he leaves home, the mother becomes a little bit neurotic. And Suzanne's brother Robert, begins to beat her as a punishment. Written by Yepok

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [France]

Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

16 November 1983 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

To Our Loves See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

According to the director, the final dinner scene was completely improvised. See more »

Goofs

In the sequence with the American, Suzanne's outfit changes from a one-shoulder black dress with white stripes trimming just the top of the bodice, to a one-shoulder black&white striped top with a black skirt, and back again. See more »

Quotes

Le père: You think you're in love, but you just want to be loved.
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Connections

Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

The Cold Song
Henry Purcell (as Percell)
interprété par Klaus Nomi
disques RCA
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Notable, yet overlooked piece of French cinema
10 March 2008 | by sleestakerSee all my reviews

For many, the lack of a defined storyline is maddening, often resulting in a less than satisfying experience. Almost stream-of-consciousness in its approach, Maurice Pialat's À Nos Amours does not appear to have much story structure, but the story is most definitely there and is related with a subtlety not often found in modern film.

Bonnaire's portrayal of Susanne is brilliant (as others have said), and her almost wistful sadness permeates the performance. In one scene, her father (played by Pialat) says, "You never smile anymore," indicating the transformation of Susanne from innocence to experience. The men in her life are shown only for the time she is with them. There is neither introduction upon their arrival nor explanation as to their departure. Pialat uses this method to show Susanne's lack of emotional investment in these temporary romances.

The only men who do return are her father, her brother, and Luc, her one real love. It is when she is with these men that she shows her true self, rather than the detached uncaring girl who sleeps around in an effort to replace them. The dialogue drives this film. There is little music, save the inspired use of Klaus Nomi's "The Cold Song". The sad wailing of Nomi's pseudo-operatic vocal against the opening credits of Susanne in the pulpit of a boat is a wonderful moment.

Long out of print, this film is now available on DVD. It is deserving of a look by the discerning cinephile who may have missed it 25 years ago.


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