A Nos Amours (Masters of Cinema) DVD
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Directed by Maurice Pialat
Produced in 1983
Main Language - French with English subtitles
27 years on, Bonnaire's performance as a sexually promiscuous teenager in Maurice Pialat's 1983 film still carries a raw and powerful charge, as Alex Davidson finds out.
“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.
Alex Davidson on 25th February 2010
Author of 236 reviews
In an astonishing film debut, Sandrine Bonnaire plays the free-spirited 16 year-old Suzanne, who embarks on a sexual rampage in an effort to separate herself from her overbearing, beloved father (played with astonishing magnetism by Pialat himself), ineffectual mother, and brutish brother. A tender character study that can erupt in startling violence, À nos amours is one of the high water marks of eighties French cinema.
Publisher: Eureka / Masters of Cinema
Length: 94 mins
Aspect ratio: 1.66:1
Format: DVD Colour
Released: 22nd March 2010
Cat No: EKA40292
- 2003 interview with Sandrine Bonnaire, conducted by former Cahiers du cinéma editor-in-chief, and current director of the Cinémathèque Française, Serge Toubiana
- L'Oeil humain [The Human Eye], a 55-minute film by director Xavier Giannoli that analyses A nos amours and features former Cahiers du cinéma editorial director Jean-Michel Frodon, actors Jacques Fieschi and Sandrine Bonnaire, and other members of the cast and crew
- 14-minute excerpt from a 1983 TV interview with Maurice Pialat from the set of A nos amours, featuring rushes of scenes that don't appear in the finished film
- 31 minutes of video screen-tests from 1982 for various actors that variously show up in and do not appear in the finished film
- Original theatrical trailer for A nos amours, along with trailers for the six other Maurice Pialat films released by The Masters of Cinema Series.