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Anne-Marie Miéville (scenario)
Anne-Marie Miéville (adaptation)
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Release Date:
11 January 1984 (France) See more »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Maruschka Detmers ... Carmen X
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)

Hippolyte Girardot ... 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)
Bruno Pasquier ... Alto (as Quatuor Prat)
Michel Strauss ... Violoncelle (as Quatuor Prat)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eloïse Beaune ... Eloïse (uncredited)
Sacha Briquet ... Cameo appearance (uncredited)

Jean-Luc Godard ... Oncle Jeannot (uncredited)
Jean-Pierre Mocky ... Le malade qui crie 'Y a-t-il un Français dans la salle?' (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jean-Luc Godard 
 
Writing credits
Anne-Marie Miéville (scenario)

Anne-Marie Miéville (adaptation)

Produced by
Alain Sarde .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Raoul Coutard 
Jean-Bernard Menoud 
 
Film Editing by
Fabienne Alvarez-Giro  (as Fabienne Alvarez)
Suzanne Lang-Willar 
 
Costume Design by
Renée Renard 
 
Makeup Department
Laurence Azouvy .... makeup artist
Catherine Crassac .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Bernard Bouix .... production manager
Eric Dussart .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Debuisne .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
François Musy .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gérard Delayat .... key grip
Jean Garcenot .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Hélène Robin .... wardrober
 
Editorial Department
Adeline Yoyotte .... assistant editor (as Adeline Yoyotte-Husson)
 
Other crew
Bruno Affret .... technician
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Prénom Carmen" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
85 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
Carmen X:Why do men exist?See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of A Girl Against Napoleon (1959)See more »
Soundtrack:
String Quartet n. 10 op. 74See more »

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Prénom: Carmen, 30 March 2011
Author: bcarlos from Spain

Prénom: Carmen follows a young woman as she falls in love with a security guard who works at a bank she and her friends rob. Hiding in a house near the sea, they share a love that is marked by the impossibility of it to be. The film has some wonderful images, music and scenes, but my main problem with it is that I don't know who these characters are, I never connect with them. We have a truly beautiful love story in front of us, but one that feels really empty and rather forced.

A scene that had the potential to be heartbreaking (the scene with the television) remains as a rather laughable and pretentious one. This isn't the actors' fault, actually the performances are excellent, mostly Maruschka Detmers' as Carmen, but it is Godard's fault for not deepening at all in the characters. They come together, they break up, they try to return, but I don't care whether they end up together or not.

The film though has some wonderful recurring images, mostly the string quartet that plays Beethoven often softly often aggressively as the relationship goes through different stages. Two trains cross each other coming from different directions when the lovers come together or apart and constant images of the waves at the sea are also some other recurring scenes. All these images are extremely beautiful, as are all the angles from the normal scenes of the film. The lights are all very carefully thought of and the film, despite its slight pretentiousness and the little interest we have for its characters, manages to be very entertaining and has a hilarious bank robbery scene. Godard also appears as probably the most interesting character. He plays himself and lives in a mental hospital for being the only completely sincere person in the film and doing and saying whatever he wants all the time.

Prénom: Carmen is a surreal impossible love story with wonderful performances and direction, an engaging soundtrack and a love story we don't care about.

Rating: 2.5/5.

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