Loulou

  • 1979
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

By placing emphasis on his characters and the elements that bring them together rather than on the normal forms of plot development, director Pialat manages to create an immensely enjoyable film. Huppert is the cute and sexy (in an earthy sort of way) Parisian who throws over her secure life with the rather stuffy Marchand for the streetwise Depardieu,...read more

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By placing emphasis on his characters and the elements that bring them together rather than on the normal forms of plot development, director Pialat manages to create an immensely enjoyable film. Huppert is the cute and sexy (in an earthy sort of way) Parisian who throws over her secure

life with the rather stuffy Marchand for the streetwise Depardieu, who has no steady income, resorts to robbery when in need of cash, and can be a bit of a brute, yet radiates a certain innocence that begs for attention. Obviously, Depardieu offers something Huppert needs, something she never

found in Marchand, who is overly concerned with maintaining his place in bourgeoise society. Marchand goes to extremes in order to regain Huppert, even offering her a job in his office, claiming that he has done so because she is a good worker. Although Marchand's character is undeniably swinish,

one cannot help but feel sympathy for his plight. Viewers may even hope that he eventually will get back together with Huppert, which almost happens when Huppert decides to sleep with him again. However, after this brief reconciliation, she goes right back to Depardieu.

Not unlike Jean-Luc Godard's BREATHLESS, this film depicts the triumph of irresponsible, egotistical charm over substance and security, exemplifying what some might call the theory of the inbred masochism of women: if a man is nice to a woman, some utter rotter will come along and sweep her off

her feet. The success of a project like LOULOU depends almost entirely upon the director's ability to coax empathetic performances from the actors. Here, Pialat has done just that, and his three leading actors are excellent. (In French; English subtitles.)

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  • Released: 1979
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: By placing emphasis on his characters and the elements that bring them together rather than on the normal forms of plot development, director Pialat manages to create an immensely enjoyable film. Huppert is the cute and sexy (in an earthy sort of way) Pari… (more)

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