Pialat’s portrait of contemporary France mocks prosperity as a substitute for social and sexual revolution. Isabelle Huppert abandons her bourgeois friends and a steady relationship for the unemployed layabout Depardieu. His charms include focusing his energy into sex. —IMDb
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, as well as for his ability to evoke unusually powerful and realistic performances from his actors regardless of their professional status. Pialat, who is known as one of his country’s more “difficult” directors due to both his subject matter and on-set clashes, was born in Puy-de-Dôme but raised in Paris after the age of three. He started out as a painter and jack-of-all-trades and did sporadic work as an actor. In the late ’50s, Pialat became fascinated with cinema, and he got his start making short films, notably Amour Existe (1961), which won a prize at the Venice Festival.
After spending much of the ‘60s working in French television, Pialat made his feature-film debut in 1968 with Naked Childhood, a cinema verité-style drama utilizing nonprofessional actors. A study… read more
Intimate, compelling, touching, intelligent. This contains one of Huppert's finest performances.
does anyone knows if Loulou is a "french remake" of John Cassavetes's Minnie and Moskowitz? They are very similar, not only in the plot but even some cuts and mise-en-scene. Pialat already did something like it with Truffaut's Les quatre cents coups, making L'Enfance Nue. anyone knows anything about it?
According to what I know Pialat asked her former wife,Arlette Lanzman,to write the scenario of Loulou. It's based on their own's love story that ended the same way. He did the same 10 years after with A Nos Amours which is based on Arlette's teen age wild life in late fifties but set on contemporary context. About similarities with Cassavetes this would be more about improvisation and constant work in progress projects,knowing that while he was filming the whole team did not necesarly know what or which film they were doing.