Director: Maurice Pialat

France, Drama, romance, 1980, 117 min, french with english and lithuanian subtitles, N-16

Nelly, a middle-class bored married women meets Loulou - a passionate tramp with a tendency to violence. The two develop a passionate affair that twists their lives. As always with Pialat's films, the existential questions and the love story are being confronted with the heroes' social background that above it they cannot rise. Two of the most beautiful parts in the careers of the actors Gérard Depardieu and Isabelle Huppert.

About the director:

Once described as the true heir to Jean Renoir’s legacy, French filmmaker Maurice Pialat is noted for his brutal, insightful portraits of the less savory aspects of family life and French society. Director was born in 1925 in Puy-de-Dôme, but raised in Paris after the age of three. He started out as a painter and actor. In the late ’50s, Pialat became fascinated with cinema, and he got his start making successful short films. Pialat made his feature-film debut in 1968 with “Naked Childhood” (L'Enfance nue¬), a cinema verité-style drama utilizing nonprofessional actors. A study in New Wave realism that was relentless in its focus on the unglamorous realities of life, the film won Pialat international acclaim.

Section: Post New Wave: Tribute to Cahiers du Cinema

Screenplay: Arlette Langmann, Maurice Pialat

Dir. of Photography: Pierre-William Glenn, Jacques Loiseleux

Music: Vladimir Golovnitski

Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Gérard Depardieu, Guy Marchand