We Won't Grow Old Together

1972, Drama, 1h 43m

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Movie Info

A married man's (Jean Yanne) six-year affair with a much-younger mistress (Marlène Jobert) reaches its end.

Cast & Crew

Christine Fabréga
Catherine's Mother
Jacques Galland
Catherine's Father
Muse Dalbray
Catherine's Grandmother
Patricia Pierangeli
Annie
Harry-Max
Père de Jean
Robert Gold
Screenwriter
Maurice Pialat
Screenwriter
Micheline Pialat
Executive Producer
Luciano Tovoli
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Critic Reviews for We Won't Grow Old Together

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (9)

  • Pialat captures the push-and-pull of their impossible relationship with pugnacious images and abrupt editing.

    January 30, 2017 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Pialat compared the structure of We Won't Grow to that of Ravel's "Bolro" 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…
  • A brilliant piece of filmmaking that's refreshing to experience.

    November 4, 2020 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • It's intelligent, measured work from the helmer (who adapts his own novel for the screen), easing entrance into a particularly toxic pairing.

    September 27, 2014 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for We Won't Grow Old Together

  • Jun 11, 2012
    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.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 12, 2011
    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
    Stella D Super Reviewer

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