Maurice Pialat

21.08.1925, Cunlhat, Puy-de-Dôme, France - 11.01.2003, Paris, France



He studied design and fine arts, organised several exhibitions. At the end of the fifties he dedicates himself to film. He is very focused on the work with the actors and it is said that he can get truly artistic performances out of amateurs. His movie Sous le soleil de Satan (with Gerard Depardieu and close collaborator Sandrine Bonnaire) was awarded the Palm d’or in Cannes. He
often improvised in his work, even from his first long documentary.


Le garçu (1995)
Van Gogh (1991)
Sous le soleil de Satan (1987)
Police (1985)
A nos amours (1983)
Loulou (1980)
Passe ton bac d'abord (1979)
La gueule ouverte (1974)
Nous ne vieillirons pas ensemble (1972)
L'enfance nue (1970)
L'amour existe (1960)

Films by this director

A nos amours

(À nos amours, 1983)

Directed by: Maurice Pialat
PHOTOGRAPHY: Jacques Loiseleux

Suzanne is a minor in a family falling apart. The father has a lover. The mother has no control whatsoever, and the brother decides to take the role of a father in an aggressive way. Suzanne jumps in and out of various sexual relationships, getting involved with everybody but the boy who is in love with her. 

color, 95 min



Directed by: Maurice Pialat
PHOTOGRAPHY: Pierre-William Glenn, Jacques Loiseleux

Nelly is a middle-class woman married to the possessive André who decides to throw away her comfortable but rather boring life after she meets Loulou. He has just gotten out of prison and a love affair with him brings Nelly freedom, unpredictability and what seems to be love. Loulou is goodhearted but cannot get a job and earns a living by carrying out small robberies and help from Nelly. While André is trying to win his wife back, she gets pregnant with Loulou. Film has both Engl...

color, digital, 110 min

Van Gogh

(France, 1991)

Directed by: Maurice Pialat
PHOTOGRAPHY: Gilles Henry, Jacques Loiseleux, Emmanuel Machuel

Kasno proljeće 1890. Slikar Vincent Van Gogh seli u mjesto Auvers-sur-Oise kraj Pariza, gdje pod liječničkom paskom doktora Gacheta živi u skromnoj gostionici. Vincent svakog dana slika, krajolike i portrete. U posjet mu dolaze brat Theo i njegova supruga Johanna sa svojom bebom. Vincent je zaigran i šarmantan, te zadobiva pažnju doktorove kćeri Marguerite, pariške prostitutke Cathy i same Johanne zvane Jo. Bratova obitelj vraća se u Pariz, nekoliko dana prije svoje smrti Vincent i...

color, 158'
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