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The Mouth Agape (1974)

La gueule ouverte (original title)
TV-14 | | Drama | 8 May 1974 (France)
Monique is dying. Around her gather her unfaithful husband, her son, who is like his father, and her daughter-in-law. We observe them playing with life as she dies.

Director:

Maurice Pialat

Writer:

Maurice Pialat
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nathalie Baye ... Nathalie
Hubert Deschamps ... Roger le père, 'Le Garçu'
Philippe Léotard ... Philippe, le fils
Monique Mélinand Monique Mélinand ... Monique, la mère
Henri Saulquin Henri Saulquin
Alain Grestau Alain Grestau
Anna Gayane Anna Gayane
Mireille Laurenchet Mireille Laurenchet
Corinne Derel Corinne Derel
Marie-Blanche Dehaux Marie-Blanche Dehaux
Christian Dehaux Christian Dehaux
Jean-Dominique de la Rochefoucauld Jean-Dominique de la Rochefoucauld ... (as J.-D. de la Rochefoucauld)
Jeanne Dulac Jeanne Dulac
Lucien Dulac Lucien Dulac
Anne-Claude Girard Anne-Claude Girard ... (as Annie Claude Girard)
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Monique is dying. Around her gather her unfaithful husband, her son, who is like his father, and her daughter-in-law. We observe them playing with life as she dies.

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

8 May 1974 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Vida Íntima de Um Casal See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

For the role of the father, Maurice Pialat hesitated between Hubert Deschamps and Francis Blanche. Hubert Deschamps had to be absent quite often during the filming of 'The Mouth Agape' to shoot 'Les Gaspards' (1974) by Pierre Tchernia. See more »

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COSI FAN TUTTE
Deutsche Grammophon
B.P. 138 861
(Atto Primo: Scena 5. Recitativo "Non v'e più tempo, amici" - No 9 Quintetto e Coro "De scrivermi ogni giorno" / Scena 6: Recitativo "Dove son ?" - No 10 Terzettino "Soave sia il vento") song title uncredited
Conducted by Eugen Jochum (uncredited)
Fiordiligi: Irmgard Seefried (uncredited)
Drabella: Nan Merriman (uncredited)
Ferrando: Ernst Haefliger (uncredited)
Guglielmo: Hermann Prey (uncredited)
Don Alfonso: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (uncredited)
Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker (uncredited)
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great treatment of a difficult subject
20 January 2005 | by rohitnnnSee all my reviews

The Center for Arts of my university is screening all of Pialat's movies this month. 'The mouth agape' is the eighth Pialat film that i've now seen (out of 10) and it is right up there, not only as one of his best along with Loulou, naked childhood, and Van Gogh, but as a striking work on the subject of death. We see an elderly housewife during her last days, who finally dies just when her pain and suffering compels even those who love her intensely, to wish for the dreaded moment to come fast. But the movie is more about how her disjointed family, comprising of a playboyish husband (who, even as an old man, cannot refrain from flirting with any and every woman he runs into), a son who's gone on his father's footsteps and daughter in law, who in a sense mirrors the lady's life. A young and lovely Nathalie Baye plays the daughter in law, and is one of the several stand out performances of the film. In short, death is a hard subject to make films on, but Pialat, with masterful touch, does so with unflinching realism, and the movie has several truly beautiful moments.


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