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Maurice Pialat and the New French Realism

La Gueule ouverte

The Mouth Agape

Pialat’s uncompromising and unforgettable film about a death in a family.

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France 1974
Dir Maurice Pialat
With Nathalie Baye, Hubert Deschamps, Philippe Léotard
Certificate 12A

A son returns to his roots in the Auvergne to be with his mother as she dies from cancer, and has to come to terms with his own troubled marriage and his dissolute father. Pialat’s extraordinary film, daringly shot in long takes, is both challenging and transcendent, balancing the agonies of life with its small miracles in a way few directors have achieved.


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