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Hail Mary (1985)

Je vous salue, Marie (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 11 October 1985 (USA)
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A college student gets pregnant without having intercourse, affecting people close and unrelated to her in different ways.

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Jean-Luc Godard

Writer:

Jean-Luc Godard
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Cast

Credited cast:
Myriem Roussel ... Marie
Thierry Rode Thierry Rode ... Joseph
Philippe Lacoste Philippe Lacoste ... L'ange Gabriel
Manon Andersen Manon Andersen ... La petite fille
Malachi Jara Kohan Malachi Jara Kohan ... Jésus
Juliette Binoche ... Juliette
Dick Dick ... Le chien
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Georges Staquet Georges Staquet
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Storyline

In this modern retelling of the Virgin birth, Mary is a student who plays basketball and works at her father's petrol station; Joseph is an earnest dropout who drives a cab. The angel Gabriel must school Joseph to accept Mary's pregnancy, while Mary comes to terms with God's plan through meditations that are sometimes angry and usually punctuated by elemental images of the sun, moon, clouds, flowers, and water. Godard intercuts a brief parallel story of Eva and her nameless lover; their adulterous affair, rife with philosophical discussions, leads nowhere. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

France | Switzerland | UK

Language:

French

Release Date:

11 October 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hail Mary See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Pope John Paul II publicly condemned the film, stating that it was likely to offend the deeply religious. His remarks have since been used as a means to advertise the film. See more »

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[last lines]
Marie: I am of the Virgin, and I didn't want this being. I only left my imprint on the soul that helped me... you!
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Polemic and Boring Mess
18 July 2008 | by Claudio CarvalhoSee all my reviews

The student Marie (Myriem Roussel), who plays basketball and works in the gas station of her father, gets pregnant without having intercourse. The taxi driver Joseph (Thierry Rode) becomes upset and the newcomer in town Gabriel (Philippe Lacoste) convinces Joseph to accept her pregnancy. Meanwhile the college student Eva (Anne Gautier) has an affair with her professor.

In the 80's, the exhibition of the polemic "Je Vous Salue, Marie" was forbidden in Brazil due to pressure of the Catholic Church in the government. I believe this unexpected marketing is the greatest attraction of this boring movie. The screenplay is a complete mess and the soundtrack and the nudities of Myriem Roussel and Anne Gautier are the best offered in this pretentious philosophic crap. My vote is three.

Title (Brazil): "Je Vous Salue, Marie"


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