THE FILMS OF MAURICE PIALAT REVIEWED
“The Films of Maurice Pialat” focuses on three of Pialat’s biggest films. Moving from a French take on “American Graffiti” to a serious look at terminal illness and ending up on a housewife’s sex romp; these films are really French. Out of the three films, the one that keeps sticking in my mind is “The Mouth Agape”. I heard a ton about the movie, but it seemed to pale when compared to “Amour”. Well, Pialat outdid Haneke by moving in the opposite direction.
Maurice Pialat focuses on the afflicted female, as the jumping-off point for her husband and son to move on. The two men go out into their town and start picking up other women they know. When they bring them home, a ton of the movie is shot from the dying woman’s POV. Making her the voyeur into their moving on is so dark and creepy that I love it. Much like “Graduate First”, the film plays short enough to keep your attention. Only “Loulou” stretches about 20 minutes past my tolerating point.
Great supplemental material rounds out the package, as most of the world will be getting to meet Pialat’s work for the first time. If you like what you see here, a second volume is arriving in June.
- Deleted Scenes
- Bonus Feature
A/V QUALITY STATS
- 1.66:1 1080p transfer
- LPCM mono