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In Praise of Love (2001) More at IMDbPro »Éloge de l'amour (original title)

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16 May 2001 (France) See more »
In part one there is talk of a project on the subject of love, with the example of three couples, one young... See more » | Add synopsis »
2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Cinema at 33 1/3 Rpm
 (From MUBI. 1 June 2015, 4:49 AM, PDT)

Jean-Luc Godard won't travel to accept honorary Oscar
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 7 September 2010, 3:07 AM, PDT)

Asian films lead best-of-decade poll
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 23 November 2009, 12:00 PM, PST)

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As frustrating and cold as it is involving and interesting See more (39 total) »


  (in credits order)
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
Serge Spira ... Homeless Man
Stéphanie Jaubert ... Young Girl
Jean-Henri Roger ... Mayor Forlani's Aide
Lemmy Constantine ... U.S. Assistant
William Doherty ... U.S. Official

Hocine Choutri ... L'homme qui court
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Marie-Françoise Audollent

Ludovic Berthillot ... Le clochard
Laurence Colussi
Marceline Loridan Ivens ... Woman in movie theatre
Noël Simsolo
Ysé Tran ... Maid
Marie Desgranges ... Woman on a bench in Paris (uncredited)

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

Produced by
Alain Sarde .... producer
Ruth Waldburger .... producer
Cinematography by
Julien Hirsch 
Christophe Pollock 
Film Editing by
Raphaele Urtin  (as Raphaëlle Urtin)
Casting by
Stéphane Foenkinos 
Costume Design by
Marina Thibaut 
Production Management
Joseph Strub .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fleur Albert .... assistant director
Gilbert Guichardière .... first assistant director
Aurélien Poitrimoult .... first assistant director
Christophe Rabinovici .... assistant director
Sound Department
Olivier Burgaud .... boom operator
Gabriel Hafner .... sound
Christian Monheim .... sound
François Musy .... sound
Jean-Alexandre Villemer .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Emmanuelle Collinot .... assistant camera
Léo Mac Dougall .... assistant camera
Olivier Regent .... gaffer
Editorial Department
Richard Deusy .... colorist
Music Department
Ketil Bjørnstad .... composer: stock music (as K. Bjornstad)
David Darling .... composer: additional music (as D. Darling)
Karl Amadeus Hartmann .... composer: stock music (as KA. Hartmann)
Maurice Jaubert .... composer: stock music (as M. Jaubert)
Arvo Pärt .... composer: stock music (as A. Part)
Georges Van Parys .... composer: stock music (as G. Van Parys)

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  • L.T.C.  acknowledgement (as LTC)
  • S.I.S.  acknowledgement (as SIS)
  • VDM  acknowledgement

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Éloge de l'amour" - France (original title)
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Rated PG for thematic elements and brief language
97 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The movie posters seen when the characters go to the theater are for the Matrix and Pickpocket.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Rewind This! (2013)See more »
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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
As frustrating and cold as it is involving and interesting, 26 November 2004
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Edgar is a director trying to pull together a project around the subject of love. While drawing it up the author meets a young woman he once knew very well and he spends time with her again while jumping through the various funding and organisational hoops. In the second part of the film we skip backwards two years to the point where the author originally met the woman. At this point in his life he is representing Hollywood and is in the process of purchasing the rights to the story of the girl's grandparents, who ere in the resistance during the majority of World War II.

There's one thing to be said for Godard and that's that you can be fairly confident he isn't going to be directing the next Harry Potter film as this 2001 movie shows he is as difficult and rewarding as he could be. The first half of the film is in black and white, while the second is in blistering digital colour. If my plot summary suggests a total cohesion then forget it – the suggested connection with a romance is more from my summary than the actual film. Instead what we have is free flowing dialogue that covers issues around America, art, love, age, humanity and so on – it is difficult to get into but it is worth trying. The dialogue is rather pretentious and too 'deep' to be natural or realistic but it still engages the brain in a way that kept me interested even if I struggled to get into narrative or characters, or to really agree with much of what was being said. I say it is worth trying but I would suggest that this makes it a weak film by the standards of more linear films and should be seen as more of an experience than a story or 'normal' film.

Matching this, the direction is both hypnotic and off-putting. Shots are framed in very arty ways with the characters in shadow, out of focus, out of shot etc for much of the film; the b&w section is crisp and feels older than it is, while the colour section is startling in its intensity. Again all this has the dual effect of coming across as rather pretentious and overly arty but then also being interesting enough and imaginative enough to keep you watching. Of course many audiences will be put off, and rightly so because not even once does this film take a step towards the audience to help us out – instead it pitches its tent and simply says that we can take it or leave it. In my own 'difficult' style, I managed to do both and found the film as frustrating and alienating as I did interesting and involving. The cast are hard to judge because they are rather stilted and cold throughout, but none of them really give anything that could be described as a poor performance.

Overall this is a strange film and one that is worth a try and worth sticking at for what it does well. However this is not as simple as it should have been and the film does very little to help the audience keep involved and interested. Visually it is true art-house stuff but yet is also great to look at – starkly beautiful or weirdly colourful; meanwhile the dialogue is unnatural and pretentious but yet still interesting and thoughtful. A strange mix but one that is worth a try.

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