A Woman Is a Woman (1961)
"Une femme est une femme" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  6 September 1961 (France)
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A French striptease artist is desperate to become a mother. When her reluctant boyfriend suggests his best friend to impregnate her, feelings become complicated when she accepts.



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Cast overview:
Émile Récamier (as Brialy)
Angela (as Karina)
Alfred Lubitsch (as Belmondo)


Angela,a striptease artist, wants to have a baby and tries to persuade her boyfriend Emile to go along with the idea. Emile will have none of it so she goes after Emile's friend Alfred. Written by Erik Gregersen <erik@astro.as.utexas.edu>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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6 September 1961 (France)  »

Also Known As:

A Woman Is a Woman  »

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$160,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,213 (USA) (16 May 2003)


$99,658 (USA) (12 September 2003)

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2.35 : 1
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Jean-Paul Belmondo character tells Angela and Émile that he wants to watch the movie Breathless (1960) (aka, "Breathless") on TV. The year earlier, Jean-Paul Belmondo played the lead role in this Jean-Luc Godard groundbreaking, French New Wave, film. See more »


When Angela first meets Alfred on the street, the red and blue armband he wears changes from his right to his left arm between the start and end of the scene See more »


Angela: Women have the right to talk in riddles, Monsieur Emile, not men.
Émile Récamier: How come?
Angela: Because!
Émile Récamier: Say something nice to me.
Angela: Leave me alone!
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Referenced in The Mother and the Whore (1973) See more »


Chanson d'Angela
Composed by Michel Legrand
Lyrics by Jean-Luc Godard
Performed by Anna Karina
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Playful to the full
14 May 2003 | by (Vienna, Austria) – See all my reviews

Yet Godard made some films which were more intelligent (or included more intelligent people), this one is definitely one of the funniest. Parodizing some aspects of the genre of musical comedy, there is not very much singing and dancing performed on screen, but the dialogues and actions are often quite absurd, or exaggerated, or not quite realistic, just like a song in a musical.

This is why at times it seems that Anna Karina's character is a little dumb, whereas in some dialogues she reminded me of Brigitte Bardot in Le mépris, who is cruel but not at all stupid. Convincing characters are not the most important thing in Une femme est une femme.

Playful camera work, playful use of music. A short and entertaining Godard film (really!), which nevertheless provides masses of material to be interpreted by New Wave lovers.

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