The Films of Maurice Pialat

Good luck finding Maurice Pialat fans who won’t try thrusting his filmography directly in your hands. These movies go straight for the amygdala, filled with characters who slap, scream, cry, fuck, try changing everything but hardly change at all, sometimes just drop dead, and (almost) always look beautiful. The emotional experience is sometimes akin to staring at the sun, but from Pialat's refined style—and grainy Gaumont cinematography—it's impossible to look away.


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Graduate First

In a town in northern France, teenagers sitting for the baccalaureate await the fateful date with anxiety tempered with indifference.


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Loulou

One evening Nelly meets Loulou, a down-and-out young man. After her husband kicks her out, she goes off to live with Loulou.


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The Mouth Agape

When cancer strikes the mother of a French family, everyone in the family expresses a previously invisible caring and tolerance of the others.


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Under the Sun of Satan

A young seminarian, haunted by Evil and the failure of his divine mission, questions his calling until meets Mouchette, who has just committed a mortal sin. This unforgettable drama earned a Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.


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Van Gogh

After leaving the asylum, Vincent Van Gogh settles in Auvers-sur-Oise, in the home of Doctor Gachet, an art lover and patron. Vincent keeps painting amidst the conflict with his brother, Theo, and the torments of his failing mental health. He has an affair with Marguerite, his host's daughter. However, she soon realizes that he doesn't love her and that his heart beats only for his art.


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We Won't Grow Old Together

Maurice Pialat's combustible portrait of a couple whose love tears them apart. Jean, a married 40-year-old filmmaker, and his young working class lover Catherine engage in a circular series of spectacular blow-ups and tentative reunions, their mutual desire a fire that burns them again and again.


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