Directed by Maurice Pialat

Directed by Maurice Pialat

Discover the work of this underappreciated French filmmaker who The New Yorker called “one of the greatest, most influential, and most misunderstood modern directors.” His unsentimental and rigorous character studies display a great naturalism and humanism that fans of John Cassavetes will recognize in such films as "Under the Sun of Satan", "Loulou" and "Van Gogh".

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Directed by Maurice Pialat
  • Graduate First

    In a town in northern France, teenagers sitting for the baccalaureate await the fateful date with anxiety tempered with indifference. The past year has been the scene of their conflicts with adults and teachers alike who consider the exam as the highway to employment. The disillusioned teenagers ...

  • Loulou

    "Depardieu and Huppert are magnetic." - The New York Times

    One evening Nelly meets Loulou, a down-and-out young man. After her husband kicks her out, she goes off to live with Loulou. She is soon with child, but Loulou doesn't change his wayward life, spending time with his pals and pulling off ...

  • The Mouth Agape

    When cancer strikes the mother of a French family, everyone in the family expresses a previously invisible caring and tolerance of the others. The father has always been a bit of a drunk and is forever chasing younger women. Despite that, he and his wife care for each other and he tends attenti...

  • Under the Sun of Satan

    "An extraordinary film." - The New Yorker

    Winner of the Palme d'Or. Donissan, a mediocre seminarist, haunted by Evil and the failure of his divine mission, mortifies his body and is unable to establish any rapport with his parishioners...until the day the abbot meets young Mouchette, who has ju...

  • Van Gogh

    "Astonishing." - Jean-Luc Godard

    "A rigorous film made with intelligence and acted with conviction." - The New York Times

    After leaving the asylum, Vincent Van Gogh settles in Auvers-sur-Oise, in the home of Doctor Gachet, an art lover and patron. Vincent keeps painting amidst the conflict with...

  • Maurice Pialat: Love Exists

    A documentary about the life and career of Maurice Pialat produced by his widow, the accomplished film producer Sylvie Pialat. The film interweaves clips from his films with interview footage of Pialat, who speaks of growing up as an only child, his interest in painting, his early influences in c...

  • Richard Pena introduces The Films of Maurice Pialat

    Film critic Richard Pena introduces the films of Maurice Pialat (The Mouth Agape, Graduate First, Loulou, Under the Sun of Satan, Van Gogh).