We Won’t Grow Old Together (Nous ne vieillirons pas ensemble)
Dir. Maurice Pialat. 1972, 110 mins. 35mm. With Marlène Jobert, Jean Yanne, Macha Méril.
The specter of regret haunts this punishingly personal film, in which Pialat, beneath a thin patina of fiction, conducted an autopsy on his own long-running affair with a younger woman. Jean Yanne plays the moody, sometimes-brutal substitute for the director, while Marlène Jobert plays his companion, a working-class secretary who aids him in furthering his stalled career. Pialat compared his film to Ravel’s “Boléro,” structured as it is as a cycle of recurring lovers’ quarrels, a fight to the end that reaches an unexpected, poignant outcome. “All this happened to me. I made the film to remove an obsession.” —Maurice Pialat
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