Nelly, a middle-class Parisian housewife, is married to a successful businessman, Andre, who is a possessive husband. The two share a strong relationship but their marriage lacks overall passion. Enter, Loulou, a lower-class barfly, who seduces Nelly with his unorthodox behavior, starting a steamy affair that leads to Nelly leaving Andre. Loulou doesn't have a job, living off of Nelly's money, while Andre still attempts to convince her to come home. Maurice Pialat's Loulou is a fascinating study of the power of lust and passion, capturing how easily it can topple societies self-created barriers like class, and other social conventions. This is a film that isn't really interested in plot but rather the examination of this powerful force, with Nelly stuck in-between her carnal desires and her middle-class bourgeois mindset. The men of the film each represent one extreme, with Loulou being a passionate, unstructured lower-class man, while Andre is structured, practical member of the middle-class. Nelly is a woman who succumbs to her passion, leaving all practicality by the way-side, until she becomes pregnant, forcing her to face the future in a more practical way. Maurice Pialat's Loulou has an impressive frankness about sex, creating a unique and compelling portrait of class, social conventions, and the difference between lust and love.
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