Nous ne vieillirons pas ensemble (We Won't Grow Old Together)
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Nous ne vieillirons pas ensemble (We Won't Grow Old Together)
This powerful romantic drama examines the final period of a long and ultimately unhappy affair. Jean (Jean Yanne) is an unpleasant, domineering man. Though he still lives with his wife, their marriage has been over for a long time. For six years, Jean has had an affair with the much-younger Catherine (Marlene Jobert). The dynamic of their relationship is moving it toward disintegration also, but Catherine resists it. Scenes of alternating recriminations and reconciliations unveil the anatomy of their breakup. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The notion that "love means never having to say you're sorry" sits there bleeding, a stake right through its broken heart."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"The apricots, blues and sand of summer gradually incorporate the yellows, rusts and greens of autumn as the relationship slowly dies."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Pialat compared the structure of We Won't Grow to that of Ravel's "Boléro" for the gradually increasing fortissimo of its subtly varied-yet-repetitious phrases, variations that here show as a gradual shift in the balance of power."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
"A painful view of the failures of love."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The film's emotional and physical violence is startling enough, bluntly realized through Pialat's visual plainspokenness; but his refusal to situate the viewer in time and place has an unsettling effect that's harder to identify."
‑ Scott Tobias, The Dissolve
"A wild, furious, and genuinely unsettling ego is on display in Maurice Pialat's second proper feature."
‑ Chris Cabin, Slant Magazine