Maurice PialatFrance102 minutes1983ColourFrench
Widely considered to be Maurice Pialat's greatest film, À nos amours made an international star of the teenaged Sandrine Bonnaire, whose bruising performance as a 16-year-old who searches for oblivion in sex has to be seen to be believed. (She cemented her stardom two years later in Vagabond, which screens this season in our Agnès Varda retrospective.) Disturbed by what she calls her "dry heart," Bonnaire's Suzanne attempts to find the love denied by her family in an increasingly promiscuous series of affairs; Pialat himself plays her father as both abandoner and interloper, bent on turning every encounter into domestic strife. "Painful, beautiful, and discomfiting … Next to it, most adolescent 'rite of passage' films [look] tame, even reassuring" (Molly Haskell).