Busan Cinematheque Devotes Film Series To Our Love(s) for French Cinema

A Nos Amours

A NOS AMOURS (1983)

Directed by: Maurice Pialat

Starring: Sandrine Bonnaire

Where: Busan Cinematheque

When: February 14 at 15:10, February 18 at 19:30, February 24 at 17:20, March 1 at 12:30

In “Pauline at the Beach,” Eric Rohmer takes a light-hearted approach to the subject of a teenage girl’s sexual maturation. “A Nos Amours” (To Our Loves) is its disquietingly sober counterpart.

The film follows Suzanne (Sandrine Bonnaire) throughout her late adolescence as she engages in wanton acts of promiscuity. Meanwhile, all hell breaks loose on the home front. Her father (played by director Maurice Pialat) abandons the household, leaving her abusive brother (Dominique Besnehard) in charge and her mother (Evelyne Ker) a nervous wreck. Amours constantly teeters back and forth between scenes of soft-spoken bedroom talk and boisterous family feuds, lending the film a mercurial tone with a jarring effect on its audience.

Whether Suzannes countless sexual encounters with young men are a manifestation of her troubled family life or just sheer lust is hard to say. However, one thing’s for certain: it isn’t a quest for love. She spurns the only boy she’s ever had any feelings for and openly admits her increasing lack of affection. “It’s as if my heart’s dried up,” she says. Her father is the only person capable of sharing a genuine moment of intimacy with her, but even their relationship is strained. In truth, Suzanne is happiest during the brief time spent in the arms of her disposable lovers.

Whats so fascinating about this movie is not the complexity of its plot, but its characters. Theyre pretty hard to pinpoint or even understand completely, which gives them a raw sense of depth and reality. It isnt entirely clear what drives the protagonists behavior or why its significant because Pialat only offers a glimpse into her psyche, so the spectator sort of has to figure it all out for himself.

Heres my take on the movie: “A Nos Amours” is a story about a girl becoming a woman, but in Suzanne’s case, this transformation reflects more than just an awakening and subsequent loss of innocence. Its actually more of a tragic realization that no loves eternal and no bond unbreakable.

Rating: 74/100

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