Loulou (film)

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Film poster
Directed by Maurice Pialat
Written by Arlette Langmann
Maurice Pialat
Starring Isabelle Huppert
Gérard Depardieu
Music by Philippe Sarde
Cinematography Pierre-William Glenn
Jacques Loiseleux
Edited by Sophie Coussein
Yann Dedet
Distributed by New Yorker Films (USA)
Release date
3 September 1980
Running time
110 minutes
Country France
Language French

Loulou is a 1980 French drama film directed by Maurice Pialat, starring Isabelle Huppert and Gérard Depardieu. For Loulou, Pialat was nominated for the Golden Palm award at the 1980 Cannes Film Festival.[1]


In a disco with her husband André, a cultured man who owns a small advertising agency in which she works, Nelly meets Loulou, who is just out of jail and drunk. She spends the night with him in a hotel. Next day André orders her out of his spacious apartment, so she moves into a hotel room with Loulou, who she supports as he does not believe in work. When she becomes pregnant, she rents a small apartment for them which Loulou fills with his criminal friends, who one night take her on a burglary. Her well-off brother tries to get her to see sense, but she just wants Loulou and their child. When Loulou and his gang take her to Sunday lunch with his mother, there is a frightening confrontation with his psychotic brother-in-law who starts firing a shotgun. Realising at last the impossibility of having the child, Nelly has an abortion. Loulou is hurt, but the film ends as it began with the two staggering home drunk.


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  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Loulou". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 

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