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 their breakup. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi
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Marlene Jobert
as Catherine
Jean Yanne
as Jean
Christine Fabréga
as Catherine's Mother
Jacques Galland
as Catherine's Father
Maurice Risch
as Michel
Harry Max
as Jean's Father
Muse Dalbray
as Catherine's Grandmother
Macha Méril
as Françoise
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Critic Reviews for Nous ne vieillirons pas ensemble (We Won't Grow Old Together)

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

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

Full Review… | June 5, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 5, 2012
Village Voice
Top Critic

It's intelligent, measured work from the helmer (who adapts his own novel for the screen), easing entrance into a particularly toxic pairing.

Full Review… | September 27, 2014

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.

Full Review… | August 11, 2014
The Dissolve

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

Full Review… | July 30, 2012
Reeling Reviews

A painful view of the failures of love.

Full Review… | June 21, 2012
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Audience Reviews for Nous ne vieillirons pas ensemble (We Won't Grow Old Together)


I understand why this film is respected. The lead actors are exceptional and the film is experimental in the way "the story" is presented. But, for me, I really could not understand the dynamics of this relationship. That being stated, I was not sorry for having watched it. Some of the ideas floated around my head for several days and, even though I may not have really understood these two characters, their actions and choices were very interesting.

Matty Stanfield
Matty Stanfield

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.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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 Dallas
Stella Dallas

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