Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Images From My All Time Favorite Films: Maurice Pialat's Police (1985)










8 comments:

Amanda By Night said...

Mmmm, I love Gerard Depardeau (sp!), but I have not seen this. He's just amazing.

Amanda By Night said...

Mmmm, I love Gerard Depardeau (sp!), but I have not seen this. He's just amazing.

Ed Howard said...

This is a fantastic film, but of course I expect nothing less of Pialat, who cuts to the core of fringe-dwelling people with a keen observational eye and a knack for exploring uncomfortable emotions. Sophie Marceau is especially amazing here, shifting from innocent naif to femme fatale, while Sandrine Bonnaire is simply electric in a smaller role as a charming young prostitute.

Jeremy Richey said...

Thanks Amanda,
It's a wonderful film. Sadly it is not currently available on disc in America.

Thanks Ed,
Totally agree and I love that you mentioned Sandrine, one of my favorite (often overlooked) actors that came out of this period.

Jeffrey Goodman said...

I really love this film, too. It's funny. Pialat is one of these guys that's really revered in France that never has quite become a household name in The States. The French cinephiles consider him the most important French director to emerge after the Nouvelle Vague. I also really love his film Naked Childhood (L'enfance nue), but it's incredibly difficult to find, too.

Jeremy Richey said...

Hey Jeffrey,
Thanks for the comment and the tip on Naked Childhood (L'enfance nue). I haven't seen that one and need to. Thanks again.

Jeffrey Goodman said...

If I ever come across a copy of Naked Childhood, I'll send it your way. I saw it once many years ago. It's one of those films that's I'm always trying to get my hands on again. That and the Renoir film noir, Night at the Crossroads (La Nuit du carrefour).

Ed Howard said...

Naked Childhood is a good movie too, showing Pialat's sensibility in place from the beginning. Like most of his movies, it's been released on DVD by Masters of Cinema in the UK, who have done a great job with his oeuvre. If you guys are multi-region, you can easily track down that film.