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Release Date:
20 September 1962 (France) See more »
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Plot:
Twelve episodic tales in the life of a Parisian woman and her slow descent into prostitution. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Anna Karina ... Nana Kleinfrankenheim
Sady Rebbot ... Raoul (as Saddy Rebbot)
André S. Labarthe ... Paul
Guylaine Schlumberger ... Yvette (as G. Schlumberger)
Gérard Hoffman ... Le chef

Monique Messine ... Elisabeth
Paul Pavel ... Journaliste
Dimitri Dineff ... Dimitri
Peter Kassovitz ... Le jeune homme
Eric Schlumberger ... Luigi (as E. Schlumberger)
Brice Parain ... Le philosophe
Henri Attal ... Arthur (as Henri Atal)
Gilles Quéant ... Premier client
Odile Geoffroy ... La serveuse de café
Marcel Charton ... L'agent de police
Jack Florency ... L'homme dans le cinéma
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alfred Adam ... (uncredited)
Mario Botti ... L'italien (uncredited)
Gisèle Braunberger ... Concierge (uncredited)
Jean Ferrat ... Homme près du Jukebox (uncredited)

Jean-Luc Godard ... Voix de l'amant lisant Poe (voice) (uncredited)
Jean-Paul Savignac ... Soldat (uncredited)
László Szabó ... Homme blessé (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean-Luc Godard 
 
Writing credits
Marcel Sacotte (book "Où en est la prostitution")

Jean-Luc Godard (story)

Jean-Luc Godard 

Marcel Sacotte (additional narrative)

Produced by
Pierre Braunberger .... producer (as P. Braunberger)
 
Original Music by
Michel Legrand 
 
Cinematography by
Raoul Coutard 
 
Film Editing by
Jean-Luc Godard 
Agnès Guillemot 
 
Costume Design by
Christiane Fageol 
 
Makeup Department
Alexandre .... hair stylist designer
Simone Knapp .... hair stylist
Jacky Reynal .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Jean-François Adam .... unit manager (as Jean F. Adam)
Roger Fleytoux .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jean-Paul Savignac .... second assistant director (as J. Paul Savignac)
Bernard Toublanc-Michel .... first assistant director
 
Sound Department
Lila Lakshmanan .... sound editor
Jacques Maumont .... sound mixer
Jean Philippe .... boom operator
Guy Villette .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Jean Fouchet .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Claude Beausoleil .... assistant camera
Charles L. Bitsch .... camera operator (as Charles Bitsch)
Fernand Coquet .... electrician (as Coquet Frères)
François Coquet .... electrician (as Coquet Frères)
Pierre Durin .... dolly grip
Bernard Largemain .... key grip
 
Transportation Department
Claude Laporte .... driver
 
Other crew
Georges Cravenne .... unit publicist
Ida Fassio .... production secretary
Marilù Parolini .... reportage (as M.L. Parolini)
Suzanne Schiffman .... script girl
Ursule Monlinaro .... title designer (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Vivre sa vie: Film en douze tableaux" - France (original title)
"My Life to Live" - Europe (English title) (imdb display title), International (imdb display title), International (English title) (imdb display title), UK (imdb display title), USA, USA (imdb display title)
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Runtime:
80 min | Germany:83 min (restored integral version) | Portugal:83 min | UK:83 min | USA:85 min | West Germany:79 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The story being read to Nana is "The Oval Portrait" by Edgar Allan Poe.See more »
Quotes:
Nana:Words should express just what one wants to say.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Usher (2004)See more »
Soundtrack:
Ma mômeSee more »

FAQ

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22 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
pinball machines, 22 March 2007
Author: raintothesoundofpanic from United States

"Birds are creatures with an outside, and an inside. When you remove the outside, you see the inside. When you remove the inside, you see the soul." "Vivre Sa Vie" is an incredibly desultory film about a confused girl (Nana) with an existential crisis; namely, the task of reconciling her decision to become a prostitute with her belief in a free will. As the repercussions of the "painting" she has rendered gradually spiral out of control, Nana becomes progressively more alienated from and confused about her life. This culminates in a chilling scene in a diner, where she lays her soul bare before a well-meaning philosopher, who responds to her desperate queries about the gulf between words and emotions with more words. Erudite words that she cannot possibly understand.

Godard probes his favorite existential motifs with wonderful sensitivity here. When Miss Karina espouses her belief that a "plate is a plate" and a "life is a life", the overwhelming sadness in her eyes betrays the torment of a woman who feels torn from her self by circumstance. Nana turns to prostitution after breaking with her lover, failing to secure a spot in the movies, and being evicted from her flat. Watching her struggle to exact some control over a world that is clearly much bigger than her designs is emotionally draining.

As usual with Godard, the cinematography is lush and his cinema eye is constantly roving. Before Nana's first trick, the camera cuts from Karina's panicked eyes, to a bar of soap. It is a relatively simple, yet effective, symbol that defines a relatively simple, yet affecting film.

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