The Films of Maurice Pialat, Volume 1 [DVD]

Three films from veteran French auteur Maurice Pialat are available in this collection. The set includes: The Mouth Agape (1974), an intimate drama about a dying woman and the flawed family she is soon to leave behind; Graduate First (1978), about young men and women in a middle-class French village, and the erotic drama Loulou (1980), starring Isabelle Huppert and Gerard Depardieu.
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Overview

Special Features

  • Loulou:
  • Interviews with Isabelle Huppert, Dominique Maillet, Patrick Grandperret, Pierre-William Glenn and Yann Dedet
  • Original and re-release trailers
  • The Mouth Agape:
  • Interviews with Nathalie Baye and Micheline Pialat
  • Deleted scenes
  • Graduate First:
  • Interview with assistant director Patrick Grandperret and writer Arlette Langmann
  • Maurice Pialat: Love Exists

Synopsis

La Gueule Ouverte
When cancer strikes the mother of the family in this French film, everyone in the family expresses a previously invisible caring and tolerance of the others. The father has always been a bit of a drunk, and is forever chasing younger women. Despite that, he and his wife care for each other, and he tends attentively to her in her last days while remaining unchanged in character. The son and daughter-in-law, whose marriage is somewhat sterile, have similarly penetrating interactions with the dying mother. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

Loulou
Maurice Pialat's character study eschews traditional plot development in its examination of the power of sex and passion to overturn class restrictions and social conventions. Isabelle Huppert is Nelly, a middle-class Parisian housewife, married to possessive husband Andre (Guy Marchand). When she meets street thug Loulou (Gerard Depardieu), her middle-class respectability is thrown out the window and she leaves Andre for Loulou. Loulou, who has no job and resorts to robbery to survive, is more than willing to live off Nelly's money. But Andre won't give her up and, in the mind-set of a middle-class bourgeois, tries to convince her to return. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

Passe Ton Bac d'Abord
In this grim slice-of-life film, the dead-end future of a number of young French teenagers living in a northern mining town is closely examined. Some lapse into debauchery, others enter into loveless marriages. A few even stay the course and get their diplomas, which qualify them to do the same meaningless jobs they would be doing without diplomas. One or two flee to Paris, and try their luck in that rat race. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

Maurice Pialat: L'Amour Existe
This documentary details the life and career of French director Maurice Pialat through interviews with the filmmaker, and excerpts from his own films, as well as those that influenced him. With probing insights into Pialat's hopes, fears, and motivations, the film seeks to understand how each of his films sprung from his unique perspective. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Nathalie Baye
    Nathalie Baye - La femme du fils
  • Hubert Deschamps
    Hubert Deschamps - Father
  • Philippe Léotard
    Philippe Léotard - Le fils
  • Image coming soon
    Monique Melinand - Mother
  • Jean-François Balmer
    Jean-François Balmer
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