Imported 35mm Print!

Loulou is as fresh and unsettling today as it was in 1980. [Depardieu and Huppert are] so explosively real and mercurial and spontaneous, that it's hard to think of them as acting. 

Film Comment

Isabelle Huppert, Gérard Depardieu, Guy Marchand, Humbert Balsan,

In a crowded nightclub, Nelly (Isabelle Huppert), bourgeois-bred and married to an advertising executive, is taking her passions out for air. She finds herself dancing with a happy, drunken lout, leaves with him, and stays with him. Maurice Pialat, consummate director of character, explores a woman's multifarious desires for sexual liberation in Loulou. (The film is drawn from the life of the screenwriter Arlette Langmann.) Though the title carries the name of Gérard Depardieu's leather-jacketed lothario Loulou, it is as object, not subject. Depardieu graciously plays along, before our eyes calibrating his outsized, undereducated, hypersexual character to Huppert/Nelly's perception of him. Nelly and Loulou make stabs at normal living—she continues to work for her husband, they play their part in a typically animated Pialat family gathering. But when they walk off into the night at film's end, it's not forever after, but until desire is played out.

Judy Bloch
  • Maurice Pialat
  • Arlette Langmann
  • Pierre-William Glenn
  • Jacques Loiseleux
  • French
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • 35mm
  • 105 mins
  • Courtesy Institut Français, thanks to the Cultural Services of the French Embassy
  • Cohen Film Collection