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Loulou (1980)





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Maurice Pialat's character study eschews traditional plot development in its examination of the power of sex and passion to overturn class restrictions and social conventions. Isabelle Huppert is Nelly, a middle-class Parisian housewife, married to possessive husband Andre (Guy Marchand). When she meets street thug Loulou (Gerard Depardieu), her middle-class respectability is thrown out the window and she leaves Andre for Loulou. Loulou, who has no job and resorts to robbery to survive, is more than willing to live off Nelly's money. But Andre won't give her up and, in the mind-set of a middle-class bourgeois, tries to convince her to return. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovimore
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Arlette Langmann & Maurice Pialat, Maurice Pialat, Arlette Langmann
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 24, 2001
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Willy Safar
as Jean-Louis
Jean-Claude Meilland
as le gars du casse
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Critic Reviews for Loulou

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This examination of class, love and sexual politics is full of nuanced observations of character, even as its narrative staggers and reels like a drunk negotiating a dark road.

Full Review… | June 15, 2007

Attractive leads and an unusual story approach outweigh the flm's defects.

Full Review… | July 2, 2004
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Audience Reviews for Loulou

The sensuality in this movie derives from the vagabond lifestyle of both main characters,that supernatural entity inside their souls spreading like a favorable narcotic during their sexual excavations/lustful adventures and certainly,the minimal financial situation they have to deal with.Pialat just loves torturing emotions..

Dimitris Springer

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Brilliant character study featuring brilliantly naturalistic performances by two of the most important actors from French cinema working for one of its most unique filmmakers. It all works beautifully.

Matty Stanfield
Matty Stanfield

When French films are bad they tend to be exceedingly boring, and that's what we have here. Not even the redoubtable Gerard Depardieu can bring life to this one.

Jeff B

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