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, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama , Romance
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Guy Marchand
as André
Patricia Coulet
as Marité
Willy Safar
as Jean-Louis
Jacqueline Dufranne
as Mémère
Jean-Claude Meilland
as le gars du casse
Patrick Poivey
as Philippe
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Critic Reviews for Loulou

All Critics (5)

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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August 30, 2004
New York Times
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
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Huppert describes how Pialat would disappear from the set for days on end, leading the producers to go on frantic searches for him in all the nearby bars.

Full Review… | September 26, 2007

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 14, 2007

Audience Reviews for Loulou


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
Jeff B

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
Dimitris Springer

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