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In Praise of Love (2001)
"Éloge de l'amour" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  16 May 2001 (France)
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In part one there is talk of a project on the subject of love, with the example of three couples, one young, one mature and the other elderly. At this point the author comes into contact ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruno Putzulu ...
Edgar
Cécile Camp ...
Elle
Jean Davy ...
Grandfather
Françoise Verny ...
Grandmother
Audrey Klebaner ...
Eglantine
Jérémie Lippmann ...
Perceval
Claude Baignières ...
Mr. Rosenthal
Rémo Forlani ...
Mayor Forlani
Mark Hunter ...
U.S. Journalist
Jean Lacouture ...
Historian
Philippe Lyrette ...
Philippe, Edgar's Assistant
Bruno Mesrine ...
Magician
Djéloul Beghoura ...
Algerian (as Djelloul Beghoura)
Violeta Ferrer ...
Woman 1
Valérie Ortlieb ...
Woman 2
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In part one there is talk of a project on the subject of love, with the example of three couples, one young, one mature and the other elderly. At this point the author comes into contact with a young woman he had already met three years earlier. Just as the project is about to become reality, all problems of an artistic or financial nature having been resolved, the author learns that the young woman has died. Part two concerns the events of three years earlier. While interviewing an historian, the future author meets for the first time the young woman, who is training as a lawyer. She has been asked by her own grandparents, formerly of the French resistance, to examine a contract offered to them by Americans who want to make a film about their activities during the Nazi occupation of France. Written by Shihlun Chang

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Elogio del amor  »

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$38,844 (USA) (6 September 2002)

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$251,717 (USA) (9 May 2003)
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A post-modern enchantment for eye and mind.
23 September 2002 | by (Santa Monica, CA) – See all my reviews

This movie is a seduction that led me willingly through its labyrinth...not toward a Minator...but to the riches of cinematic imagery and intellectual meditation. Godard continues his exemplary journey into the unexpected, the unconventional, confounding, but with a paradoxically deliberate pull into the first hand experience of the mystery, not through a narrative telling, but in the evocation of the quick-cut images themselves. Despite the aphorisms and many linguistic delights that tease the mind, its the dense black and white film in the first half of the movie and the sudden shift to digital video color (symbolic, in its gaudiness, of the distortion that occurs in memory) that create effective impact.

In its content, the maturation process, memory, history, politics, resistance to the pseudo. and above all art in its many forms are dealt with largely through the eyes of the artist/creator...with a sense of note-taking and exploration. In its anti-Americanism there tends to be exaggeration and projection...although a wise comment ("They're just like us." i.e., the French) is a saving one.

The performances are splendid...totally believable with an almost documentary realism.

For any film-goer interested in imaginative, challenging movie fare this shouldn't be missed.


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