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Vivre Sa Vie (1962)

Vivre sa vie: Film en douze tableaux (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 20 September 1962 (France)
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Twelve episodic tales in the life of a Parisian woman and her slow descent into prostitution.

Director:

Jean-Luc Godard

Writers:

Marcel Sacotte (book), Jean-Luc Godard (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Karina ... Nana Kleinfrankenheim
Sady Rebbot Sady Rebbot ... Raoul (as Saddy Rebbot)
André S. Labarthe André S. Labarthe ... Paul
Guylaine Schlumberger Guylaine Schlumberger ... Yvette (as G. Schlumberger)
Gérard Hoffman Gérard Hoffman ... Le chef
Monique Messine ... Elisabeth
Paul Pavel Paul Pavel ... Journaliste
Dimitri Dineff Dimitri Dineff ... Dimitri
Peter Kassovitz Peter Kassovitz ... Jeune homme (as Peter Kassowitz)
Eric Schlumberger Eric Schlumberger ... Luigi (as E. Schlumberger)
Brice Parain Brice Parain ... Le philosophe
Henri Attal Henri Attal ... Arthur (as Henri Atal)
Gilles Quéant Gilles Quéant ... Premier client
Odile Geoffroy Odile Geoffroy ... La serveuse de café
Marcel Charton Marcel Charton ... L'agent de police
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Storyline

This film explores a Parisian woman's descent into prostitution. The movie is comprised of a series of 12 "tableaux"-- scenes which are basically unconnected episodes, each presented with a worded introduction. Written by Alan Katz <katz@panther.middlebury.edu>

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Taglines:

The many faces of a woman trying to find herself in a world of men.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

20 September 1962 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

My Life to Live See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$64,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,336, 1 June 2008

Gross USA:

$24,517

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,517
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (restored integral)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Anna Karina's character states that she acted in a film with Eddie Constantine. Years later, Karina went on to star alongside Constantine in Alphaville, a film written and directed by Jean-Luc Godard. See more »

Quotes

Nana: What do you care? What do you care? What do you care? What do you care?
Paul: Something bothering you?
Nana: No, I just wanted to deliver that line a specific way. I didn't know the best way to say it. Or I did know, but I don't anymore. Just when I should know, too.
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Soundtracks

Ma môme
(uncredited)
Written by Jean Ferrat and Pierre Frachet
Sung by Jean Ferrat
Conducted by Alain Goraguer
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For Ever Godard
21 February 2003 | by Fiona-39See all my reviews

This has become my favourite Godard. It doesn't have the jazzy razzamatazz and classic Paris shots of A bout de souffle, or the invigorating Marxist politics of Tout va bien, or the beautiful scenary, beautiful body and beautiful music of Le Mepris, but it has a softness and a depth that are just haunting. It has a documentary quality in its most reflective moments, when we see Nana lighting a cigarette or undoing her cardigan. It is a film that is made up of disparate strands - poetic, documentary, melodramatic. It both creates Nana as star of the piece, with her sweet smile, beautiful coats, and cropped hair, and even, at one point, identification with Joan of Arc, yet undermines this to underline how ordinary, how vulnerable, even how banal she is. If you're new to Godard, start with this.


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