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Maurice Pialat

“What I try to do, with the actors' consent, is to create something by beginning with a set situation that we can deviate from in the course of the shoot. ”

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    UNDER THE SUN OF SATAN

    Maurice Pialat France, 1987

    Maurice Pialat won a hotly contested Palme d’Or at Cannes for this unforgettable drama about spirituality in a cold world. By turns calm and violent, the controversial and intense masterwork, starring Gérard Depardieu and Sandrine Bonnaire, dances between the sacred, the carnal, and the profane.

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    LOULOU

    Maurice Pialat France, 1980

    Examinations of sex and class may be nothing new, but this remarkable feature is distinguished by Maurice Pialat’s clear-eyed scrutiny of human behavior. Starring Gérard Depardieu and an incredible Isabelle Huppert, Loulou is a riveting dissection of sexual liberation and the dynamics of power.

    THE MOUTH AGAPE

    Maurice Pialat France, 1974

    Maurice Pialat never shied away from exposing the darkest corners of the human experience, and his third feature remains his most boldly confrontational. Unblinking in its surveyal of a sick woman’s final days, The Mouth Agape bears tough, unadorned witness to the realities of end-of-life care.

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