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8 September 1993 (France) See more »
Romance about Simon Donnadieu and his decision to leave his ever-loving wife Rachel. | Full synopsis »
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Gérard Depardieu ... Simon Donnadieu
Laurence Masliah ... Rachel Donnadieu
Bernard Verley ... Abraham Klimt
Aude Amiot ... Aude Amiel
Roland Blanche ... Le professeur de dessin / Le libraire
Marc Betton ... Le médecin
François Germond ... Le pasteur
Jean-Louis Loca ... Max Mercure
Anny Romand ... La femme du pasteur
Monique Couturier ... La vieille servante
Benjamin Kraatz ... Benjamin
Manon Andersen ... Ondine
Raphaël Potier ... Un élève
Delphine Quentin ... Delphine, l'étudiente
Véronique Varlet ... L'étudiente
Laurence Dubas ... La femme éplorée
Stefan Elbaum ... Le joueur de tennis
Vincent Siegrist ... L'élève de latin
Jérôme Pradon ... Miguel
Jean-Pierre Miquel ... L'autre pasteur
Michel Barras ... Le propriétaire de l'hôtel
Pascale Vachoux ... La propriétaire de l'hôtel
Christina Hernandez ... La serveuse
Thierry Wegmuller
Gilbert Isnard ... Le cantonnier
Sophie Lukasik
Séverine Koller
Monsieur Rolland ... La voix de Dieu
Veronika Beiweis
Laura Cabrera
Lorelei Rautermann
Fabienne Chaudat
Vanessa Bloch
Harry Cleven ... Le Dieu
Yves Galliard

Louis-Do de Lencquesaing ... Ludovic, l'élève
Jean-Louis Caillat ... L'espagnol
Anne-Élise Bottiau ... L'employée vidéo

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

Produced by
Christine Gozlan .... producer
Christine Hutin .... producer
Benoît Rossel .... producer
Cinematography by
Caroline Champetier 
Film Editing by
Jean-Luc Godard (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Anne-Marie Faux 
Costume Design by
Valérie De Buck 
Makeup Department
Thomas Nellen .... makeup department head
Production Management
Anne-Marie Faux .... production manager
Pierre-Alain Schatzmann .... production manager
Claudia Sontheim .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Natalie Engelstein .... assistant director
Agathe Grau .... script supervisor
Frédéric Jardin .... assistant director
Luc Peter .... second assistant director
Sound Department
Pierre-Alain Besse .... sound
François Musy .... sound
Nathalie Vidal .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Blaise Bauquis .... assistant camera
Guy-Auguste Boléat .... key grip
Laurent Hincelin .... second assistant camera
Julien Hirsch .... first assistant camera
Editorial Department
Philippe Benoît .... color timer
Music Department
Keith Jarrett .... musician: piano, for "24 Prelude and Fugue, op. 87"
Kim Kashkashian .... musician: viola, for "Vom Winde beweint"
Other crew
Louis Grau .... general administration

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Also Known As:
"Hélas pour moi" - France (original title)
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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Heavenly Godard, 6 February 2010
Author: rick-220 from The Low Countries

I've just watched it and this is by far the most complex and demanding Godard movie I've seen (I've seen about 15 of his movies now).

Colin Maccabe's introduction on the DVD helped in getting bits and pieces of what was going on. But five minutes in I realized I was again trapped in the idea of (desperately) wanting to find a narrative thread, which only lead to confusion and even frustration.

Then I just decided to let go and try and forget about cinematic restrictions and just let Godard have his way. Obviously in the end (what end?) I still could not get my head around it, but it had quite a lot of impact all the same.

It feels profound and important and confrontational and provoking. It looks beautiful. That suffices for now.

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