Directed by: Maurice Pialat
Countries & Regions: France
Length: 94 mins
Region: Region 2
Released: 22 March 2010
Cat No: EKA40292
Screen ratio 1:1.66
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A Nos Amours (Masters of Cinema)
Psychological coming-of-age drama from director Maurice Pialat. 15-year-old Suzanne (Sandrine Bonnaire) is sexually promiscuous with any... Read More
“Has any actress made a debut of such force as Sandrine Bonnaire in À nos amours … here was a phenomenon of acting”. So wrote critic David Thomson, and 25 years later, the praise is still warranted. This is a portrait of adolescence like no other, raw and uncomfortable, and the 15 year-old Bonnaire’s performance as a sexually promiscuous teenager living with a frequently monstrous mother and brother following the departure of her father (Pialat himself) is startling in its honesty.
A synopsis of the film could make A nos amours sound bleak, but the flashes of benevolent humanity - most notably a late night chat between Bonnaire and Pialat - show the characters at their warmest, and even the least sympathetic characters, such as the hysterical mother and the boorish son, never become mere grotesques. Pialat’s approach has been compared to both Ken Loach and John Cassavetes, and while the parallels are understandable (especially the improvised passages and the rawness of emotion), his expert handling of actors and moving moments of optimism are all his own.