directed by Maurice Pialat
France 1980

 

All play and no work means never a dull moment for bored bourgeois Nelly and ex-con Loulou. Isabelle Huppert and Gérard Depardieu star in director Maurice Pialat's drama about love, sex and class.

Bourgeois Nelly (Huppert) seeks refuge from her violently jealous partner and boss André (Marchand) in the arms of unemployed ex-con Loulou (Depardieu). A one-night-stand quickly turns into something more serious, and Nelly moves in with her new lover.

Sex with Loulou is great, life is never boring in his extended demi-monde of drinkers, idlers and petty criminals, and at first Nelly does not mind being the one who pays all the bills while her work-shy partner stays at home. But when she falls pregnant, all the tensions in their relationship rise to the surface, as it becomes unclear whether Loulou will ever be more than Nelly's bit of rough, or indeed whether she wants him to be more.

With its love-triangle story arc, its heavy consumption of food, wine and Gitanes, its frankness about sex, and the presence of Gallic big-hitters Gérard Depardieu and Isabelle Huppert, Maurice Pialat's Loulou may be the quintessential French film, but it is nonetheless concerned with that most British of obsessions, class.

Excerpt from Channel 4 located HERE
 

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Theatrical Release: France 3 September 1980, Canada 8 September 1980 (Toronto Film Festival)

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Runtime 1:40:54 (4% PAL speedup) 1:40:54
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Audio French (Dolby Digital 2.0)

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Edition Details:
• Trailer (2:26)
• Interview with Isabelle Huppert (13:42)
• Director and cast filmographies
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DVD Release Date: 26 Jun 2006
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• Trailer (1:57)
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DVD Release Date: 24 April 2001
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