Loulou (1980)

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


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  • Gérard Depardieu and Isabelle Huppert in Loulou (1980)
  • Gérard Depardieu and Isabelle Huppert in Loulou (1980)
  • Gérard Depardieu and Isabelle Huppert in Loulou (1980)
  • Gérard Depardieu and Isabelle Huppert in Loulou (1980)
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2 September 2006 | Bunuel1976
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| LOULOU (Maurice Pialat, 1980) ***
Well-made but basically dreary low-life melodrama which, according to the accompanying interview with lead Isabelle Huppert, writer/director Pialat infused with a good deal of autobiographical detail; given the mainly unsympathetic characters involved, it doesn't do him any compliments - and he does seem to have been a troubled man, as Huppert also says that Pialat often disappeared for days on end during the shoot!

The acting is uniformly excellent, however; despite their relatively young age, Huppert and co-star Gerard Depardieu (as the title character!) were already at the forefront of modern French stars - a status which, with varying degrees of success, they both still hold to this day.

I have 3 more of Pialat's films in my "VHS To Watch" pile, albeit all in French without English Subtitles; due to this fact but also LOULOU'S oppressive realism - in spite of its undeniable artistic merit - I can't say that I'm in any particular hurry to check them out now...

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