Directed by Maurice Pialat • 1972 • France
Starring Marlène Jobert, Jean Yanne, Christine Fabréga
An end-of-love story for the ages, Maurice Pialat’s masterpiece is a combustible portrait of a couple whose mutual desire tears them apart. A work of lacerating autobiography drawn from the director’s own experiences, WE WON’T GROW OLD TOGETHER follows married, forty-year-old filmmaker Jean (Jean Yanne) and his young, working-class lover Catherine (Marlène Jobert) as they engage in a circular series of spectacular blowups and tentative reunions, their love for one another a fire that burns them again and again. The director’s use of destabilizing jump cuts and claustrophobic spaces pushes the relentless emotional intensity to harrowing heights.