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First Name: Carmen (1983)
"Prénom Carmen" (original title)

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Carmen is a member of a terrorist gang who falls in love with a young police officer guarding a bank that she and her cohorts try to rob. She leads him on while dragging the two of them ... See full summary »

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Maruschka Detmers ...
Jacques Bonnaffé ...
Joseph Bonnaffé
Myriem Roussel ...
Claire
Christophe Odent ...
Le chef
Pierre-Alain Chapuis
Bertrand Liebert ...
Le garde du corps
Alain Bastien-Thiry ...
Le valet du grand hôtel (as Alain Bastien)
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Fred (as Hyppolite Girardot)
Odile Roire
Valérie Dréville ...
La nourrice / Wet nurse
Christine Pignet
Jean-Michel Denis
Jacques Villeret ...
L'homme qui mange des yaourts dans les toilettes de la station-service / Man eating jam
Jacques Prat ...
Violon (as Quatuor Prat)
Laurent Dangalec ...
Violon (as Quatuor Prat)
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Carmen is a member of a terrorist gang who falls in love with a young police officer guarding a bank that she and her cohorts try to rob. She leads him on while dragging the two of them closer to their ultimate doom. Jean-Luc Godard intercuts the film with shots of a string quartet practicing Beethoven, and his main protagonist, Carmen, is played by Maruschka Detmers creating a stunning effect in many scenes of extended nudity. Written by Raimundo Ramirez <raimundo@kheldar.com>

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During the shoot-out at the Café de la Paix (the luxurious restaurant of the Grand Hotel Intercontinental), an undisturbed man is reading a large book, holding it so that the cover is shown prominently, several times: 'Nouveau Guide des Paradis Fiscaux', published in 1982, and written by a specialist on Swiss banking. Godard's tongue-in-cheek political comment (in a French-Swiss co-production) may escape some viewers, though. See more »

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Joseph Bonnaffé: Loneliness forced me to be my own best friend.
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String Quartet n. 15 op. 132
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Pretentious, Dated Rubbish.
21 March 2014 | by See all my reviews

This is the second time I've watched this film, obviously, my memory had faded sufficiently after the first time, otherwise I would not had undertaken such an arduous task. Every scene reeks of Godard's dated, disgusting intellectual pretensions, the guy hates everybody and everything. Actors annoyingly overact their way through every scene, obviously having no idea what their characters are meant to be doing, or where the 'plot' is going. The 'action' sequences contain heavy handed symbolism (the usual tripe, the malaise of the bourgeoisie etc.) which I suspect are meant to be funny, but just come off as intellectually lazy. Godard inserts himself as some kind of shamanic figure who throws out philosophic gems which would sound embarrassing coming from a teenager, he also finds time to flick his cigar ash into other people's food and seemingly attempts to molest his niece in one of the initial scenes, that crazy Godard! In the end, it's just a redundant exercise in breaking all the rules, there is no transcendence or insight here, all we have is the empty, stillborn descendant of Duchamp's toilet.


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