A Nos Amours [To Our Romance] (Masters of Cinema) 
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A portrait of youth in bloom; a tale of one family's dissolution; a reflection upon the danger and the mystery in living. Maurice Pialat's serene, perilous masterwork provides the movie romance a definitive check and eminently deceptive balance the X scratched on top of the O. In one of the astonishing film debuts, Sandrine Bonnaire plays Suzanne, a free spirit and the vessel for an almost Brontëan choler. She's 16, and men exist diverse lovers, an overbearing brother, and the father portrayed by Pialat himself in an unforgettable turn that displays the full magnitude of the cinema giant's tenderness, force-of-will, and presence of being. Woven through with indelible images and heart-stopping moments (and culminating in the infamous "dinner party scene"), A nos amours. [To Our Romance. / Here's to Love.] is a pure creation, a film that will live so long as there's still either movies or love. SPECIAL TWO-DISC EDITION INCLUDING: * Gorgeous new anamorphic transfer of the film in its original aspect ratio * New and improved English subtitle translations * 16-minute 2003 interview with star Sandrine Bonnaire, conducted by former Cahiers du cinéma editor-in-chief, and current director of the Cinémathèque Française, Serge Toubiana * L'Oeil humain [The Human Eye], a 55-minute film by director Xavier Giannoli that analyses A nos amours. and features former Cahiers du cinéma editorial director Jean-Michel Frodon, actors Jacques Fieschi and Sandrine Bonnaire, and other members of the cast and crew * 14-minute excerpt from a 1983 TV interview with Maurice Pialat from the set of A nos amours., and featuring rushes of scenes that don't appear in the finished film * 31 minutes of video screen-tests from 1982 for various actors that variously show up in and do not appear in the finished film * Original theatrical trailer for A nos amours., along with trailers for the six other Maurice Pialat films released by The Masters of Cinema Series
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If you like French films...are interested in French Film Makers this is a must. I did think when I first saw this film Bonnaire would go far in the Film Industry. She has of course since directed and written films, and become a recognised contributor to World Cinema.
The film quality is excellent: in some scenes I noticed details for the first time simply because of the high standard of the picture.
Altogether highly recommended for anyone who is interested in Pialat's groundbreaking contribution to cinema, or even to those who just want to see a good film which has not become dated. If you are irritated by Jean-Luc Godard's style (Prenom:Carmen was made in the same year), you may be relieved to know that "A nos Amours" at least follows a chronological path, even if there are sometimes some major jumps which the viewer has to work out for him or herself.
It goes without saying that Sandrine Bonnaire dominates the screen from beginning to end and demonstrates that great actors seem to be born, not made. And the famous scene near the end, where Pialat, as the father, returns to surprise not only the screen family but also the actors who thought they were going to hear the news of his death - chapeau!
As this is not a mainstream film, you should not hesitate too long: the original French 2-DVD version is no longer available (as far as I know) and who knows if this edition will be on sale for long?