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1,104 Ratings

We Won't Grow Old Together

Nous ne vieillirons pas ensemble

Directed by Maurice Pialat
France, Italy, 1972


Jean (Jean Yanne) and Catherine (Marlène Jobert) are a couple whose every move charts an advancement deeper into an emotional warzone. Theirs is the classic and the tragic case of an emotional abuse centred around a perplexing, but powerful, interdependency.

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We Won't Grow Old Together Directed by Maurice Pialat
Where the film triumphs—and crushes accusations of solipsism—is in its unapologetic rendering of the sheer, damaging onerousness of ending relationships, and in its exposition of French sexual politics of the era (Yanne’s easy ability to “possess” Jobert means he develops a terror of letting her escape). His actors, who experienced the shoot in states of violent dissatisfaction (Yanne) and general bewilderment (Jobert), are nevertheless overwhelming.
October 16, 2015
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This miserable pair fights and reconciles repeatedly over the course of nearly two excruciating, riveting hours: Their seemingly final, furious, door-slamming partings are immediately followed, after a jarring cut, by yet another ill-fated reunion. Few films have ever captured so searingly love’s powers to curdle, to derange, to imprison.
October 13, 2015
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Pialat captures the push-and-pull of [the central couple’s] impossible relationship with images of a frank pugnacity and crashingly abrupt editing.
February 09, 2015
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