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503 Ratings


Directed by Maurice Pialat
France, 1980
Romance, Drama


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.

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Loulou Directed by Maurice Pialat

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  • Jason's rating of the film Loulou

    Because his subject is essentially entropy (the swirling productive / destructive element of individuals and their relations), Pialat is a filmmaker whose form exists despite his vision. And his form is entirely unique (as is his spiritual cousin Cassavetes', w/ whom he shares a set of interests, but not a form). What is so amazing about Pialat is his elegance. This is an elegant film that promises it may explode.

  • T. J. Harman's rating of the film Loulou

    Getting to watch 2 of France's best actors (Depardieu & Huppert) act together can't ever be so bad a film experience. Billed as a sexy movie but ended up being a Cassavettes style piece of social realism about class, sex, family and relationships.

  • José Neves's rating of the film Loulou

    Pialat films scenes by blocks, in which the camera follows the rant improvisational actors in search of action: cinema of performance, intense, unpredictable, complex. The nuances arise and conflicts are his base. Huppert and Depardieu never again were this good, with Pialat's camera to rape/embrace them in their presentation. Naturalism is made with the most concrete of stagings.

  • suede's rating of the film Loulou

    3/10 – I'm all for improvised dialogue. Pialat, however, keeps piling it on and on, long after we've got the gist of a scene, without advancing the story a bit. Of various intriguing encounters that truly matter, we see little or nothing. Terrible editing.

  • julien guimarães's rating of the film Loulou

    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?

  • AVA's rating of the film Loulou

    Die vergebliche Suche nach wahrer Liebe unter Zuhilfenahme konträrer Partner.Gut dargestellt die wachsende Hilflosigkeit Loulous und die wachsende Enttäuschung Nellys.

  • FISCHER's rating of the film Loulou

    Sur le thème de la marginalité et son corollaire la bourgeoisie, un film relativement moyen, qui sans être une véritable réflexion sociologique, se laisse regarder...

  • Renton47's rating of the film Loulou

    Beginning in a disarray that persists even due to the boredom of everyone involved, this shows class warfare in a terrain of sex but little passion. As Nelly loops through patterns of masculinity that bridge the status of her lovers, the repetitive bouts continue to exhaustion, relieved by Pialat's intimacy. His long-takes detailing the intimate naturalism of the leads is worth all the histrionics in Hollywood