The first film of Maurice Pialat's which I watched (A nos amours) was a film thats artistic merits couldn't be questioned, though it failed to reach me much on an emotional level. Maurice Pialat's Naked Childhood is a piercing view into the life of a troubled youth, Francois. It's a slow moving film in which the story unfolds very naturally as we follow Francois from one foster home to another. The thing that clearly stands out about this film is how it deals with telling a story of a troubled child. There are no cheap thrills whatsoever, rather it just presents the facts of the story as if the camera is just an observer watching Francois every moment. The film never paints the child as anything he is not and is not exploitative in the slightest. A perfect example of this being the relationship which Francois forms with the grandmother. I found these sequences to be incredibly resonant and affectinng, being very important to the film even if they didn't take up much screen time. They really capture how young Francois isn't just evil, but rather a boy with complicated issues - ti's not simply black & whThere are scenes in which Pialat portrays a quiet loneliness in Francious, and I just found this whole thing to be a fair, honest look at troubled youth.
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