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To Our Love

À nos amours
Director: Maurice Pialat

France, Drama, romance, 1983, 101 min, french with english and lithuanian subtitles, N-16

Suzanne (Sandrine Bonnaire), a 15-year-old teenager, discovers the world of sex and love. Following this mentoring affair she realizes how easy it is to sleep with men, and how difficult it is to fall in love. But still, this is her only refuge from her hard family life and the greyish alienation of the French province. This powerful film made Sandrine Bonnaire to an international star.

Awards:

1983 – Prix Louis Delluc for the director Maurice Pialat (France)
1984 – César Award for the Best Film and Most Promising Actress (France)

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: Jacques Loiseleux

Music: Klaus Nomi

Cast: Sandrine Bonnaire, Maurice Pialat, Christophe Odent, Dominique Besnehard