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Hail Mary (1985)

Je vous salue, Marie (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 11 October 1985 (USA)
1:43 | Trailer
A college student gets pregnant without having intercourse, affecting people close and unrelated to her in different ways.


Jean-Luc Godard


Jean-Luc Godard
3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »





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


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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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 »


[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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References Pickpocket (1959) See more »

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A beautifully told film, which may just surprise you, if shock a little too

Without going into too much about it, this is more a image piece, the religious retelling about the story of the virgin Mary, who got mysteriously pregnant. The small film in it's starting, "The Book of Mary" is of Mary as a child, who lived in wealth. Her parents split up, where the sweet, little and very mature child, would visit her father, every often. The way the little Mary interacted with her parents, especially her mother, makes you appreciate what having a families about. The nude scene in the bath with mother and child, I admit, was confronting, it's frankness of not holding anything back, expressing the inestimable love between them, a natural human emotion, was one of many beautifully filmed scenes. I like the scene too with the father, helping the daughter with her trigonometry. Beautiful told. Some scenes were repeated, I don't why, like the shot of a jet, sailing over the woods. The second real film, has Mary grown up, her lover, a taxi driver having to come to terms with the unexplained pregnancy. Mary of course, can not allow herself to get pregnant, shunning the boyfriend when he goes to feel her stomach. This beautiful film does feature some nude shots of Mary, a beautiful actress filling the role, with such innocence, and independence in a film, it's beautifully told tale worth the view alone, for the double minded viewer. This controversial piece will cater also, to that a small number, who would given it the flick while sitting on the video shelves, including the non arty viewers. Incidentally, in Adelaide, in it's showing in 1985 at the Fair Lady, someone made a bomb threat, if the screening season went ahead.

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Release Date:

11 October 1985 (USA) See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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