Cinema: Love and Death

LOULOU Directed by Maurice Pialat Screenplay by Arlette Langmann and Maurice Pialat

French Director Maurice Pialat sits behind his camera like a bacteriologist at his microscope, waiting patiently for his subjects to squirm to life. He does not argue or judge; he observes and classifies. In 13 years he has made but five films, each dissecting the lives of the French working class at a crisis point: the onset of adolescence, the breakup of a marriage, the end of a life. His best film, The Mouth Agape (1974), traced a woman's slow, painful death and...

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