Directed by Maurice Pialat • 1983 • France
Starring Sandrine Bonnaire, Evelyne Ker, Maurice Pialat
With his raw style of filmmaking, Maurice Pialat has been called the John Cassavetes of French cinema, and the scorching À NOS AMOURS is one of his greatest achievements. In a revelatory film debut, the dynamic, fresh-faced Sandrine Bonnaire plays Suzanne, a fifteen-year-old Parisian who embarks on a sexual rampage in an effort to separate herself from her overbearing, beloved father (played with astonishing magnetism by Pialat himself), ineffectual mother, and brutish brother. A tender character study that can erupt in startling violence, À NOS AMOURS is one of the high-water marks of eighties French cinema.
In this excerpt from a 1983 episode of the television program “Étoiles et toiles,” director Maurice Pialat is seen interacting with actors and crew on the set of À NOS AMOURS. He also discusses his approach to directing and cinematography.
Catherine Breillat has made such controversial films as 36 FILLETTE, ROMANCE, and FAT GIRL. Also a novelist and screenwriter, she wrote the screenplay for Maurice Pialat’s 1985 film POLICE. Here she is interviewed in January 2006.
This 1999 documentary, directed by Xavier Giannoli, takes a critical look at À NOS AMOURS and provides an in-depth exploration of some of its key scenes. It includes interviews with actors Sandrine Bonnaire, Dominique Besnehard, and Jacques Fieschi, screenwriter Arlette Langmann, and critic Jean-...
Jean-Pierre Gorin is best known for making seven films with Jean-Luc Godard as the Dziga Vertov Group, including 1972’s TOUT VA BIEN, after which he went on to direct several documentaries and become a professor of film studies at the University of California, San Diego. In 2006, he spoke about À...
À NOS AMOURS was actor Sandrine Bonnaire’s feature debut. She went on to work with such filmmakers as Claude Chabrol and Jacques Rivette. In this interview, recorded in 2003, she describes her lasting on- and offscreen relationship with director Maurice Pialat.