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First Name: Carmen (1983)

Prénom Carmen (original title)
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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Jacques Bonnaffé ...
Joseph Bonnaffé
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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 ...
Femme de la bande à Joseph
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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Oncle Jeannot: Young people are crazy! They have great memories, but they forget anything. They're in a black hole.
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Version of Carmen (1926) See more »

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String Quartet n. 10 op. 74
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Quatuor Prat
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supported by Detmers' nudity
25 June 2011 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

As happens more with Godard, it's not easy to lay a finger on 'Prenom: Carmen' (= French for 'First name: Carmen'). Although the film appears to be chaotic, it somehow is kept together by a number of invisible strings.

Anyway, the very pleasant & often repeated bottom lines are made by a classical chamber orchestra, as well as by shots of sea-waves breaking themselves on the coast.

In between the meager plot develops in a sequence of varying scenes, even including a touch of slapstick. However, in the end one cannot escape the conclusion that 'Prenom: Carmen' needs to be supported by Maruschka Detmer's frequent nudity to leave a more lasting impression.


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