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Every Man for Himself (1980)
"Sauve qui peut (la vie)" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama  |  15 October 1980 (France)
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An examination of sexual relationships, in which three protagonists interact in different combinations.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Isabelle Rivière
Jacques Dutronc ...
Paul Godard
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Denise Rimbaud
Roland Amstutz ...
Second client
Cécile Tanner ...
Cecile
Anna Baldaccini ...
Isabelle's sister
Roger Jendly ...
2nd Guy
Fred Personne ...
First client
Nicole Jacquet ...
Woman
Dore De Rosa ...
Elevator Attendant
Monique Barscha ...
Chanteur d'opéra
Michel Cassagne ...
Piaget
Paule Muret ...
Paul's ex-wife
Catherine Freiburghaus ...
Farm Girl
Bernard Cazassus ...
1st Guy
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An examination of sexual relationships, in which three protagonists interact in different combinations.

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The first non political or experimental film Jean-Luc Godard made in about a decade. See more »


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Rather Bland, Not Entertaining
6 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An examination of sexual relationships, in which three protagonists interact in different combinations.

In addition to Godard's typical refusal to keep viewers oriented through expository dialogue and continuity editing, the film is experimental in its use of the technique that Godard called "decomposition," which he first employed for the 1979 French television mini-series "France/tour/detour/deux/enfants". In the technique, there is a periodic slowing down of the action to a frame by frame advancement. The "slow motion" segments are somewhat obnoxious and really detract from the enjoyment of the film.

Film critic Vincent Canby, writing in The New York Times, described the film effusively as "stunning," "beautiful," and "brilliant". I don't feel as strongly.

An interesting side note: the appearance of the nationality sticker on the back of a car. In the United States, these did not really become popular until the 1990s or later, and yet they seem to be found somewhat commonly in 1980s Europe.


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