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L'amour existe (1960)

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A social commentary on post-war France's urban developments.

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A social commentary on post-war France's urban developments.

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L'Amour Existe : A Maurice Pialat film about the systematic as well as widespread neglect of Parisian suburbs.
26 October 2014 | by See all my reviews

"L'Amour Existe" is a very unusual title for a short film about the suburbs. Nobody would fail to make this type of primary observation about this film which expresses a lot of French director Maurice Pialat's anger against French authorities as suburbs near Paris continue to be neglected at the cost of Paris city's never ending growth. With this film, Maurice Pialat has turned out to be a very acute observer. His film is quick to make a note of crowded streets and trains which mark Parisian suburbs. As an example the industrial suburb of Paris- 'Courbevoie' is mentioned. The growth of suburbs has both positive as well as negative effects. On the one hand, their development has given rise to a lot of small spaces for people such as a little house, a little garden and a small job. On the other hand, there is hardly any greenery left. Lastly from a cultural as well as educational perspective Pialat shows why suburbs are not the right place for workers' children as there are no concert halls nor theaters in suburbs. Lastly, according to Maurice Pialat, working class families would continue to receive less education as there are only 9 high schools in Seine region as compared to 29 in Parisian region alone.


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