À Nos Amours

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À Nos Amours
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Film poster
Directed byMaurice Pialat
Produced byMichelien Pialat
Written byArlette Langmann
Maurice Pialat
StarringSandrine Bonnaire
Maurice Pialat
Evelyne Ker
Dominique Besnehard
Maurice Pialat
Music byKlaus Nomi
CinematographyJacques Loiseleux
Edited byYann Dedet
Distributed byArtificial Eye
Triumph Films
Release date
  • 16 November 1983 (1983-11-16)
Running time
95 minutes
CountryFrance
LanguageFrench
Box office952,082 admissions (France)[1]

À Nos Amours (French pronunciation: ​[a noz‿amuʁ], To Our Loves) is a 1983 French drama film directed by Maurice Pialat and written by Arlette Langmann and Pialat. Starring Sandrine Bonnaire, Pialat and Evelyne Ker, the story follows a 15-year-old girl named Suzanne (Bonnaire) who experiences her sexual awakening and becomes promiscuous, but is unable to feel love. À Nos Amours won the César Award for Best Film in 1984.

Plot[edit]

Suzanne, a 15-year-old Parisian girl, lives with her volatile, abusive family: her furrier parents and older brother Robert, a writer. She's dating a boy named Luc, who complains about not seeing her as much as he would like. At a cafe, Suzanne mingles with sailors and an American visitor. She and the American head outdoors and have sex, though the experience leaves her miserable. She tells a friend she regrets her unfaithfulness to Luc, but she breaks up with him and becomes increasingly promiscuous. Her father is close to Suzanne but reacts with suspicion and violence when Suzanne goes on a double date with her cousin Solange. When Suzanne returns, her father expresses concern with her changing demeanor, saying she smiles less and seems increasingly bored. He also discloses he has found another woman and is planning to leave the family.

Several days later, Robert tells Suzanne their father has left, and Robert assumes management of the household. Suzanne continues her affairs, though she admits she is unable to feel love. Her mother is desperately unhappy and grows increasingly frustrated with Suzanne's skimpy clothes, her letters from boys, and her attitude at home. Her brother and mother both beat Suzanne during family arguments. Luc returns to Suzanne and asks her to resume their relationship; she refuses. Miserable, Suzanne asks Robert to send her to boarding school, saying she can no longer tolerate home life and has contemplated suicide. She says she is only happy when she is with a man; Robert professes an inability to understand this.

Back in Paris, Suzanne begins a more serious relationship with a young man named Jean-Pierre. While she still says she is unable to feel love, she becomes engaged. Luc reappears and begs her to cancel the wedding. Though she confesses she has considered doing that, she tells him that Jean-Pierre provides her with inner peace for the first time. At a celebratory dinner party, the father unexpectedly shows up, questioning the happiness of the family and revealing Suzanne has been visiting him. He later shows up to see Suzanne leave for her honeymoon, but with another man, leaving Jean-Pierre behind.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The genesis of the film was Arlette Langmann's screenplay Les filles du faubourg, which Pialat said was written in the 1970s and set in the 1960s, and would have totaled three to four hours in runtime.[2] After being pitched to the National Center of Cinematography and Gaumont Film Company around 1975, Pialat began seeking funds to shoot it when his project Les Meurtrières began to flounder.[2]

In Les Filles du faubourg, the characters are Polish Jews, but Pialat minimized the family's heritage to brief references.[3] Due to the small budget, Pialat aborted the period drama element, moving the setting from the 1960s to the present, but keeping some of the art design and avoiding mentions of politics or contraception.[2]

Reception[edit]

The New York Times journalist Jason Bailey called the film "challenging" with "a freewheeling, languorous vibe".[4] Dave Kehr cited it as "a particularly destabilizing example" of cinematic "immediacy".[5] Time Out listed it 38th in its 100 Best French Films, citing a "moving" depiction of the father-daughter relationship and "The message may be that happiness is as rare as a sunny day, and sorrow is forever".[6] Richard Brody hailed Bonnaire for an "explosive début".[7]

Accolades[edit]

The film won the Prix Louis-Delluc for Best Film in 1983 and the César Award for Best Film in 1984. Bonnaire was also awarded the César Award in 1984 for Most Promising Actress for her work in the film. The film was also entered into the 34th Berlin International Film Festival.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ JP. "A nos amours (1983)- JPBox-Office". www.jpbox-office.com.
  2. ^ a b c Goldschmidt, Didier; Tonnerre, Jerome. "Interview with Maurice Pialat". Marice Pialat'sÀ nos Amours. Translated by Ellen Sowchek. The Criterion Collection. p. 15.
  3. ^ Goldschmidt, Didier; Tonnerre, Jerome. "Interview with Maurice Pialat". Marice Pialat'sÀ nos Amours. Translated by Ellen Sowchek. The Criterion Collection. pp. 15–16.
  4. ^ Bailer, Jason. "À nos amours". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  5. ^ Kehr, Dave (6 June 2006). "New DVD's". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  6. ^ CPEA. "To Our Loves (À nos amours) (1983)". Time Out. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  7. ^ Brody, Richard. "À Nos Amours". The New Yorker. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Berlinale: 1984 Programme". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2010-11-21.

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