The mouth agape
La gueule ouverte -
1974 - Color - 82 mn - French - France - Drama
Directed by : Maurice Pialat. Produced by : Les Films de la Boétie. Screenplay by : Maurice Pialat. Editing : Arlette Langmann. Photography : Néstor Almendros. With : Philippe Léotard, Nathalie Baye, Hubert Deschamps, Monique Mélinand.
Suffering from cancer, a condemned mother agonizes, supported by her husband, her son and his partner, who do whatever they can to keep on living, in spite of the painful and inevitable ending.
After a film on childhood (Naked childhood) and a film on married life (We won't grow old together), Maurice Pialat hits home with an uncompromising portrayal of life, its anxiety and the difficulty to accept the death of people we love. Through an extreme sense of minimalism, he gives Hubert Deschamp, an eternal typically cocky French actor, his only - and best - major role, where he plays opposite Philippe Léotard (The track) and a very young Nathalie Baye. A film to discover again.