Family portraits I: <i>Nous ne vieillirons pas ensemble, La Gueule ouverte</i> and <i>Passe ton bac d'abord</i>

Marja Warehime

in Maurice Pialat

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780719068225
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781703267 | DOI:
Family portraits I: Nous ne vieillirons pas ensemble, La Gueule ouverte and Passe ton bac d'abord

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This chapter discusses family portraits in the films Nous ne vieillirons pas ensemble, La Gueule ouverte and Passe ton bac d'abord. The film Nous ne vieillirons pas ensemble emphasises the theme of abandonment and suggests that the wife's role is crucial to the drama. The film gains in intensity by concentrating on the affair and the gradual erosion of feeling that ultimately ends it. The title of the film La Gueule ouverte, which might be roughly translated as mouth agape, reflects Pialat's willingness to shock, and the chapter talks about the scene that was to have justified it. Pialat even went so far as to attempt to shoot a scene in his family mausoleum, scandalising some of the crew by having his mother's casket opened. In the film Passe ton bac d'abord viewers get only brief fragmentary glimpses of the group's family life.

Keywords: Maurice Pialat; Nous ne vieillirons pas ensemble; La Gueule ouverte; Passe ton bac d'abord; family portraits; abandonment

Chapter.  11658 words. 

Subjects: Film

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