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Every Man for Himself (1980)

Sauve qui peut (la vie) (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 15 October 1980 (France)
An examination of sexual relationships, in which three protagonists interact in different combinations.

Director:

Jean-Luc Godard

Writers:

Anne-Marie Miéville (scenario), Jean-Claude Carrière (scenario)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Isabelle Huppert ... Isabelle Rivière
Jacques Dutronc ... Paul Godard
Nathalie Baye ... Denise Rimbaud
Roland Amstutz ... Customer in Room 522
Cécile Tanner Cécile Tanner ... Cecile
Anna Baldaccini Anna Baldaccini ... Isabelle's sister
Roger Jendly Roger Jendly ... Customer of Isabelle's Sister
Fred Personne Fred Personne ... First client
Nicole Jacquet Nicole Jacquet ... Woman
Dore De Rosa Dore De Rosa ... Hotel Attendant
Monique Barscha Monique Barscha ... Chanteuse d'opéra
Michel Cassagne Michel Cassagne ... Piaget
Paule Muret Paule Muret ... Paul's ex-wife
Catherine Freiburghaus Catherine Freiburghaus ... Farm Girl
Bernard Cazassus Bernard Cazassus ... 1st Guy
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Storyline

An examination of sexual relationships, in which three protagonists interact in different combinations.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #744. See more »

Connections

Featured in Histoire(s) du cinéma: Toutes les histoires (1989) See more »

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Suicidio!
from opera "La Gioconda"
Written by Amilcare Ponchielli
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Godard's return
12 February 2004 | by bob998See all my reviews

This was the first feature by Godard after a decade spent experimenting with politics and video. It's as traditional a narrative as we have ever seen from him. The story has three parts. Denise Rimbaud (Baye) represents the imagination; she's a film editor who drops her frustrating work to find some fresh air in the Alps. Paul Godard (Dutronc) is the fearful-dependent side of most of us: he's afraid to leave the city, but can't live without Denise. Then there's business, represented by Isabelle the prostitute (Huppert).

The director, now 50 and with a flagging libido, has a field day with his sexual fantasies. The scene with the two hookers in the businessman's office is wonderfully funny, in its deadpan way it recalls Deux ou trois choses que je sais d'elle. The use of sound is more imaginative; he isn't using the montage of Beethoven quartet snippets that he often relies on. His camera moves more than in the past; there's a great slo-mo of Dutronc jumping over a table to tackle Baye, then they both collapse laughing onto the floor. The sense of freedom suddenly released is exhilarating.


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Official Sites:

Swiss Films page

Language:

French

Release Date:

15 October 1980 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,926, 14 November 2010

Gross USA:

$47,262

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$47,262
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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