À Nos Amours

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Overview

Director, co-writer, and star Maurice Pialat brought his typically unblinking New Wave style and interest in socially aberrant behavior to this psychological drama, winner of two Cesars the French equivalent of the Oscar for Best Film and Most Promising Young Actress Sondrine Bonnaire. Bonnaire plays Suzanne, a 15-year-old girl who has become sexually promiscuous with anyone who will have her, despite her lack of affection for any of her lovers. The only boy she refuses is Luc Cyr Boitard, whose feelings for ...
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Overview

Director, co-writer, and star Maurice Pialat brought his typically unblinking New Wave style and interest in socially aberrant behavior to this psychological drama, winner of two Cesars the French equivalent of the Oscar for Best Film and Most Promising Young Actress Sondrine Bonnaire. Bonnaire plays Suzanne, a 15-year-old girl who has become sexually promiscuous with anyone who will have her, despite her lack of affection for any of her lovers. The only boy she refuses is Luc Cyr Boitard, whose feelings for Suzanne are sincere. When Suzanne's beloved father Pialat abandons his increasingly neurotic wife Evelyne Ker, Suzanne's depression and lack of direction deepen. While her mother becomes a screeching mental case, her brother Robert Dominique Besnehard begins beating her, although he also harbors a disturbing attraction to Suzanne. In the denouement, Pialat depicts the devastating long-term results of Suzanne's abusive upbringing. Pialat draws powerful performances from his cast, with no finer example than the riveting acting Bonnaire -- in only her second film.
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Special Features

New, restored high-definition digital transfer; Original theatrical trailer; New and improved English subtitle translation; The Human Eye, a 1999 documentary on the film; Archival interview with Maurice Pialat on the set; A 2003 interview with Maurice Pialat on the set; A 2003 interview with Sandrine Bonnaire; New interviews with filmmakers Catherine Breillat and Jean-Pierre Gorin; Actor auditions; Plus: a booklet featuring essays by critics Molly Haskell and Kent Jones and interviews with Pialat and cinematographer Jacques Loiseleux
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Maurice Pialat elicited an award-winning performance from fledgling actress Sandrine Bonnaire in this brilliantly penetrating examination of the life of an unhappy teenaged girl. Near the end of the film, Pialat, who also plays the father of this girl who seems so incapable of love, says to her, "Some can love." "Not many," she replies, echoing Freud's saturnine assessment of the human race. The director eschews conventional dramatic structure, opting instead to carve out a cross-section of moments in the life of his heroine so fresh as to seem improvised. Except for the boy who loves her, the magnetically attractive 16-year-old Suzanne (Bonnaire) is on a mission to have sex with any male who interests her. She enjoys flaunting her sexual powers, yet, unable to become emotionally involved with any boy, she becomes increasingly more depressed. In what may seem a conservative but not implausible take on her angst, the film begins to connect it with her family's slow disintegration. Her mother (Evelyne Ker), a raving, puritanical hysteric, mercilessly abuses the girl for her behavior, with the help of her like-minded brother. Although only the tip of the iceberg is revealed, it's no surprise that her more temperate father, who is also the girl's confidant, is leaving the family for another woman. In a startling pre-wedding scene which offers a sliver of perspective on these clouded relationships, Pialat seems to assure the family's demise. At the film's end, nothing about this girl is clearer than it was at the beginning, yet one has an abiding feeling that she's been sentenced to an emotional gulag.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/6/2006
  • UPC: 715515018524
  • Original Release: 1983
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Time: 1:39:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 37,327

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sandrine Bonnaire Suzanne
Maurice Pialat Father
Dominique Besnehard Robert
Evelyne Ker The Mother
Anne-Sophie Maillé Anne
Cyr Boitard Luc
Christophe Odent Michel
Maite Maille Martine
Pierre-Loup Rajot Bernard
Cyril Collard Jean-Pierre
Jacques Fieschi Jacques
Pierre Novion Adrien
Tom Stevens American
Nathalie Gureghian Nathalie
Guénolé Pascal Le moniteur
Caroline Gibot Charline
Valerie Schlumberger Marie-France
Vangel Theodorou Claude
Technical Credits
Maurice Pialat Director, Screenwriter
Jean-Paul Camail Production Designer
Julien Cloquet Sound/Sound Designer
Valerie Condroyer Editor
Sophie Coussein Editor
Francois de Morant Sound/Sound Designer
Yan Dedet Editor
Daniel Toscan du Plantier Producer
Jean Gargonne Editor
Thierry Jeandroz Sound/Sound Designer
Arlette Langmann Production Designer, Screenwriter
Corinne Lazare Editor
Catherine Legault Editor
Nathalie Letrosne Editor
Jacques Loiseleux Cinematographer
Micheline Pialat Executive Producer
Jean Umansky Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- À Nos Amours - The Film
1. Rehearsal [7:35]
2. Visiting Luc [3:59]
3. American Lover [4:50]
4. "Thanks a Lot" [4:21]
5. A New Boyfriend [4:16]
6. The Workshop [3:35]
7. Family Dinner [6:17]
8. Tête-à-Tête [6:49]
9. "Dad's Left Us" [5:04]
10. In Bed With Bernard [3:04]
11. Family Quarrel [4:30]
12. Spaghetti Party [4:24]
13. "She's Trying to Kill Me!" [5:56]
14. The Shopping Mall [5:12]
15. Jean-Pierre [3:57]
16. The Phone Call [5:02]
17. Cocktail Hour [6:21]
18. Surprise! [6:20]
19. Wrestling Match [2:16]
20. Good-bye [4:04]
21. End Credits [1:20]
Disc #2 -- À Nos Amours - The Supplements
1. A Sunny Patchwork [5:25]
2. Giving Life to the Script [5:33]
3. Filming the Moment [7:14]
4. The Beauty of Real Life [6:16]
5. A Cinema of Mystery [5:39]
6. Mind and Body [8:08]
7. Space and Body [5:24]
8. The Unanswerable Truth [6:34]
9. An Era of Cynicism [4:51]
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A Great piece of French Cinema!

    I didn't think much when I snuck a peak at this film, but then I found myself watching the entire thing and loving every second. The script is superb and therefore the relationships that span the film ring true. The directing is just as perfect as the script in that it magnifies the emotions and gives them to the audience beautifully. This film is a great way to spend a couple of hours.

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