Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Films of Maurice Pialat

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 17, 2016
Price: DVD $24.49, Blu-ray $31.49
Studio: Cohen Media

Three films by the filmmaker Maurice Pialat, the iconoclastic French auteur who is often called “the French Cassavetes,” are presented first time on Blu-ray in The Films of Maurice Pialat. There are three films in the set, which is rounded out with more than four hours of bonus material, including the 2007 documentary Maurice Pialat: Love Exists.

Here’s the breakdown:

Graduate First (1978)In a town in northern France, teenagers sitting for the baccalaureate await the fateful date with anxiety tempered with indifference. The past year has been the scene of their conflicts with adults and teachers alike who consider the exam as the highway to employment. The disillusioned teenagers see it more as the dead-end street to unemployment.

Isabelle Huppert and Gerard Depardieu in Maurice Pialat's Loulou

Isabelle Huppert and Gerard Depardieu in Maurice Pialat’s Loulou

Loulou (1980) – One evening Nelly (Isabelle Huppert, Special Treatment) meets Loulou (Gerard Depardieu, Inspector Bellamy), a down-and-out young man. After her husband kicks her out, she goes off to live with Loulou. She is soon with child, but Loulou doesn’t change his wayward life, spending time with his pals and pulling off small-time robberies. Deeply hurt by his attitude, Nelly decides not to keep the baby.

Mouth Agape (1974) When cancer strikes the mother (Monique Melinand) of the family, everyone in the family expresses a previously invisible caring and tolerance of the others. The father (Hubert Deschamps) has always been a bit of a drunk, and is forever chasing younger women. Despite that, he and his wife care for each other, and he tends attentively to her in her last days while remaining unchanged in character. The son (Philippe Leotard) and daughter-in-law (Nathalie Baye, Day for Night), whose marriage is somewhat sterile, have similarly penetrating interactions with the dying mother.


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