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Nous ne vieillirons pas ensemble (We Won't Grow Old Together)

Nous ne vieillirons pas ensemble (We Won't Grow Old Together) (1972)


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This powerful romantic drama examines the final period of a long and ultimately unhappy affair. Jean (Jean Yanne) is an unpleasant, domineering man. Though he still lives with his wife, their marriage has been over for a long time. For six years, Jean has had an affair with the much-younger Catherine (Marlene Jobert). The dynamic of their relationship is moving it toward disintegration also, but Catherine resists it. Scenes of alternating recriminations and reconciliations unveil the anatomy of



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The notion that "love means never having to say you're sorry" sits there bleeding, a stake right through its broken heart.

June 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Pialat compared the structure of We Won't Grow to that of Ravel's "Boléro" for the gradually increasing fortissimo of its subtly varied-yet-repetitious phrases, variations that here show as a gradual shift in the balance of power.

June 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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The film's emotional and physical violence is startling enough, bluntly realized through Pialat's visual plainspokenness; but his refusal to situate the viewer in time and place has an unsettling effect that's harder to identify.

August 11, 2014 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

The apricots, blues and sand of summer gradually incorporate the yellows, rusts and greens of autumn as the relationship slowly dies.

July 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

A painful view of the failures of love.

June 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A wild, furious, and genuinely unsettling ego is on display in Maurice Pialat's second proper feature.

June 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Nous ne vieillirons pas ensemble (We Won't Grow Old Together)

what a sad state of affairs that this fantastic film doesn't even have a poster. probably the most emotional truth i've ever encountered in a movie
December 12, 2011
Stella Dallas

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In "We Won't Grow Old Together," Catherine(Marlene Jobert) and Jean(Jean Yanne) have been having an affair for six years. Despite his being married for eleven years to Francoise(Macha Meril) and Jean and Catherine's apparent inability to get along together, Jean decides he wants to move to the next level with his mistress by retrieving his grandmother's engagement ring.(If one were of a cynical outlook, then one could say that Jean's tragedy comes from treating his mistress like his wife and his wife like his mistress.) However, even though she has long wanted to get married by the age of 25, Catherine balks at this proposal which drives Jean further up the wall. In case you are wondering, frequent traveler Francoise has long known about this affair, as do Catherine's parents(Christine Fabrega & Jacques Galland). Only in France.

You can have your flashy alien invasions. I'll take a dreary domestic drama, any day, thank you very much. And with "We Won't Grow Old Together," we have the 1972 World Passive Agressive Champions. What stops the movie from fully succeeding is not the volume level, but the movie's structure, jumping from one episode of arguing and put-downs(rat thighs?) to another, possibly making the audience wonder if the couple hadn't already...before the movie eventually just comes to a halt. So, maybe a non-chronological structure would have been the way to go.
June 11, 2012
Walter M.

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