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Nos Amours (Criterion Collection) (1983)

Cast: Sandrine Bonnaire, Sandrine Bonnaire, Maurice Pialat, more...
Director: Maurice Pialat, Florence Quentin, Christian Argentino, more...
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Studio: Criterion
Genre: Drama, Foreign, France, Coming of Age , Criterion Collection
Languages: French
Subtitles: English
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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. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide

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Nos Amours (Criterion Collection) (1983)
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5.90 (21 votes)
Nos Amours (Criterion Collection) (Bonus Disc) (1983)
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4.71 (7 votes)

GreenCine Member Reviews

melo-drama by phippsie October 15, 2012 - 10:33 AM PDT
The 1980's French melo-drama. Much the cool & soft feel of Eric Rohmer...

3 Things by randomcha February 14, 2008 - 11:06 AM PST
0 out of 2 members found this review helpful
1. Suzanne leaning over the railing of the boat. Klaus Nomi on the soundtrack.
2. Suzanne's mother is slammed into the wall. A moment later blood can be seen running down the side of her face.
3. Suzanne's brother has a lisp.

(This movie left me nonplussed. Some vivid characterizations and jarring moments of violence, but overall it's fairly impenetrable.).

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