In 1987, Maurice Pialat won the Palme d’or. After accepting his award, he turned to the audience and said (translated from French): “Today you give me the occasion to speak, and I shall be very brief. Here is my response. I should not fail to uphold my reputation. I am particularly pleased by the protests and whistles directed at me this evening, and if you do not like me, I can say that I do not like you either.”
He then raised his right arm and jabbed his fist in the air in a gesture of victory.
Maurice Pialat has had more influence on the current wave of french filmmakers than Goddard, Truffaut or Chabrol. And yet, he’s rarely talked about in film school. Why? A NOS AMOUR and LOULOU are two of the most important films that I know I have ever seen…