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16 February 1973 (USA) See more »
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Godard examines the structure of movies, relationships and revolutions through the life of a couple in Paris. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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an interesting collaboration/experiment, not great, but not boring See more (30 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Yves Montand ... Him, Jacques

Jane Fonda ... Her, Suzanne
Vittorio Caprioli ... Factory Manager
Elizabeth Chauvin ... Genevieve
Castel Casti ... Jacques
Éric Chartier ... Lucien
Louis Bugette ... Georges (as Bugette)
Yves Gabrielli ... Léon (as Yves Gabrieli)
Pierre Oudrey ... Frederic
Jean Pignol ... Delegate

Anne Wiazemsky ... Leftist woman
Marcel Gassouk
Didier Gaudron ... Germain
Michel Marot
Hugette Mieville ... Georgette
Luce Marneux
Natalie Simon
Cristiana Tullio-Altan (as Chris Tullio)
Ibrahim Seck
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eric Charden ... Himself
Guy Lelarge ... Jaques

Directed by
Jean-Luc Godard 
Jean-Pierre Gorin 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jean-Luc Godard 
Jean-Pierre Gorin 

Produced by
Jacques Dorfmann .... associate producer
Jean-Pierre Rassam .... executive producer
Jean-Pierre Rassam .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Armand Marco 
 
Film Editing by
Claudine Merlin 
Kenout Peltier 
 
Production Design by
Jacques Dugied 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Isabelle Pons .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Antoine Bonfanti .... sound
Bernard Ortion .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Yves Agostini .... first assistant camera
Anne-Marie Miéville .... still photographer
 
Music Department
Jean-Michel Rivat .... musician
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"All's Well" - USA (informal title)
"Everything's All Right" - USA (informal literal English title)
"Just Great" - International (English title) (informal title)
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Runtime:
USA:95 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
an interesting collaboration/experiment, not great, but not boring, 16 June 2005
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

I've always found a kind of disconnect between the Godard films of the 60's and the Godard films of the 80's, 90's and today, which is that in the past twenty or so years Godard has kept on experimenting, not telling the usual stories that we're used to in movies, with impressive camera-work and aloof actors. But in these films he's also gotten rather boring with his material, and sometimes his experimenting goes a little over the edge for my taste. I had yet to see a work of his from the 70's, however, until Tout va Bien, or Everything is Fine (many of his films are either very limited or totally unavailable in the US). It's actually a good movie for him and co-writer/director Jean-Pierre Gorin. Gorin, unlike Godard, was not a big-time cinephile, but did have motivations to become a political filmmaker. What they concocted was a kind of response to the ways that political films are not made, and should or could be made, in the independent/art world of cinema. This time, as usual, Godard takes very long shots of people talking, and has a couple of his inventive, almost scarily calm tracking shots. But this time as well he has two international stars on his hands. This is where he and Gorin get creative more so.

It's a tale of the working class against the ruling class that gets one thinking during the film, and even after it. They place Jane Fonda and Yves Montand as a married couple who get locked in a bitter struggle between meat-factory workers and the management not giving them their proper due. Although Fonda and Montand are the 'stars' of the movie, right off the start of the film (including discussing narrating voices) the whole idea of what this film should be is dissected- the money involved, what the stars should be doing in this story, why should there even BE a story? In short, the film unfolds as the stars become more so observers than the main gig, and the non-professionals (at least I thought they were, they might've been character actors) became the real stars. There are a few monologues, long ones, that go on during this dispute, and they're inter cut with scenes where Godard and Going seem to be showing the double-edge to these workers- they're part determined to get their way, and partly like kids taking over the school.

After these scenes, we get mostly all scenes with the stars, as Montand plays a disaffected art-film-turned-commercial director, and Fonda plays an dissatisfied American reporter. Their dialog together sort of winds down the film (including more monologues), leading up to a scene in a supermarket that almost reaches to the heights of the sustained, overwhelming filmic anarchy of the traffic-jam in Godard's Week End. Then the film ends without much else to say. So, basically, Tout va Bien kept me interested with what the characters/actors/people had to say, and unlike in Godard's 80's films there was a structure. And I liked how the screen-time for the extras ended up being balanced out by that of Fonda and Montand.

The downsides, which there are a few, are that Fonda and Montand, up until their scenes together &/or their monologues, don't have much at all to do in the film. I can't criticize or comment too much on their acting, because they seem to be too natural (by way of Godard/Gorin's simplicity throughout, sometimes funny sometimes not) to be doing anything very powerful. And there were a few times the experimenting got annoying. But overall, Tout va Bien works on its own terms, and its the kind of film now on DVD can find its audience somehow. Whether or not the same audience that embraced with loving arms Breathless and My Life to Live will do the same with this is another matter- it's part frustrating, but part clarity all the same. At the least, it's not just Godard's doing whether or not the film works or not- Gorin deserves equal credit or berating. B+

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