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Maurice Pialat and the New French Realism

Le Garçu

Gérard Depardieu plays a wayward father seeking love in Pialat’s final film.

Image from Le Garçu

France 1995
Dir Maurice Pialat
With Gérard Depardieu, Géraldine Pailhas, Antoine Pialat
English subtitles

Le Garçu, which roughly translates as The Kid, proved to be Pialat’s swansong, and it contains remarkable scenes of intimacy and emotion, mostly centred on the director’s own three-year-old son (who is marvellously natural). Depardieu plays the irresponsible father who leaves his son’s mother but finds little solace with other women and keeps returning home for the sake of the young boy.


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