Friday, May 17, 2013

Brimming with Life

Loulou (1980) - Pialat
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Nelly (Isabelle Huppert) is a middle-class married woman. She meets a low-life scoundrel Loulou (Gerard Depardieu) at a disco. She knows he's bad and that's what's attractive about him. She leaves her husband André (Guy Marchand) and shack up with Loulou in a hotel room, then into a flat. He doesn't work and has an assortment of friends who go in and out of jail and always end up crashing at their place. Things are not so cut and dry with André, since she still works for him and he still has strong feelings for her. Nelly too, sometimes gets crossed with Loulou's wayward lifestyle. But yes, sex is good and yes it is sometimes thrilling to help out his illegal operations (stealing stereo equipment). She buys him things and pays for the flat. Then again, he constantly gets into trouble- gets stabbed in bar fights, gets tangled with other girls and their jealous husbands and shotgun wielding mental friends. Nelly gets pregnant. Would she keep the baby?

Brimming with life, Loulou features the one of the cutest couple in the cinema history. Pialat's steadicam long takes are perfect for capturing their lively relationship. Huppert is just adorable and Depardieu is natural in his silly, goofy, charming lowlife portrayal.

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