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A Nos Amours

(À nos amours), (To our loves)

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Pialat must have put his actors through hell, but they came back with things you've never seen in a movie before.

Village Voice

Sandrine Bonnaire, Dominique Besnehard, Maurice Pialat, Evelyne Ker,

It opens on a rehearsal of summer-camp theatrics, but Marjorie Morningstar this is not. Seventeen-year-old Suzanne (the incomparable Sandrine Bonnaire, in her first film) rehearses nothing in life, driven by the power her impetuousness holds over others. In this, she is very like the film's director. At home in Paris, Suzanne is the eye of the family storm, her sexuality ratcheting up the suppressed passions of her narcissistic brother and insecure mother, and sending her father (played by Pialat) out of the house. Suzanne alone knows that her joyless promiscuity is a cry for help she is too smart to accept. Attuned to Bonnaire's subtle messages, the film simmers, then erupts, twice, in Fassbinderian family fisticuffs—once, legend has it, to the surprise even of the cast as the prodigal father returns unexpectedly, lending the film not the patina of truth, but its essence, the triumph of Pialat's approach.

Judy Bloch
  • Maurice Pialat
  • Arlette Langmann
  • Jacques Loiseleux
  • French
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • 35mm
  • Courtesy Institut Français, thanks to the Cultural Services of the French Embassy

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Gaumont: one hundred years (program note), Pacific Film Archive Calendar, Judy Bloch, 1994

Runaround Suzanne (review), Boston Phoenix, Henry Sheehan, 1985

À nos amours (review), Film Journal International, Doris Toumarkine, 1984

À nos amours: Pialat's time piece (review), Reader (Los Angeles, Calif.), Dan Sallitt, 1984

The cold song (review), East Bay Express, Kelly Vance, 1984

A nos amours (review), Variety, Lenny Borger, 1983

À nos amours (press kit), Triumph Films, 1983

À nos amours (program note), Art Institute of Chicago. Film Center, Barbara Scharres

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