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In Praise of Love (2001)

Éloge de l'amour (original title)
PG | | Drama | 16 May 2001 (France)
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An author works on a project on the subject of love, and, in the process, crosses paths with a former love in his life.

Director:

Jean-Luc Godard

Writer:

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruno Putzulu ... Edgar
Cécile Camp Cécile Camp ... Elle
Jean Davy Jean Davy ... Grandfather
Françoise Verny Françoise Verny ... Grandmother
Audrey Klebaner Audrey Klebaner ... Eglantine
Jérémie Lippmann Jérémie Lippmann ... Perceval
Claude Baignières Claude Baignières ... Mr. Rosenthal
Rémo Forlani Rémo Forlani ... Mayor Forlani
Mark Hunter Mark Hunter ... U.S. Journalist
Jean Lacouture Jean Lacouture ... Historian
Philippe Lyrette Philippe Lyrette ... Philippe, Edgar's Assistant
Bruno Mesrine Bruno Mesrine ... Magician
Djéloul Beghoura Djéloul Beghoura ... Algerian (as Djelloul Beghoura)
Violeta Ferrer Violeta Ferrer ... Woman 1
Valérie Ortlieb Valérie Ortlieb ... Woman 2
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Storyline

In part one there is talk of a project on the subject of love, with the example of three couples, one young, one mature and the other elderly. At this point the author comes into contact with a young woman he had already met three years earlier. Just as the project is about to become reality, all problems of an artistic or financial nature having been resolved, the author learns that the young woman has died. Part two concerns the events of three years earlier. While interviewing an historian, the future author meets for the first time the young woman, who is training as a lawyer. She has been asked by her own grandparents, formerly of the French resistance, to examine a contract offered to them by Americans who want to make a film about their activities during the Nazi occupation of France. Written by Shihlun Chang

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Drama

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Rated PG for thematic elements and brief language | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | Switzerland

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

16 May 2001 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Elogio del amor See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,844, 8 September 2002

Gross USA:

$252,074

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$503,548
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Dolby

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1.85 : 1
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References The Apple (1998) See more »

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Philosophy or socioeconomic critique? Godard's eloge de l'amour
18 December 2007 | by mats_big_thingySee all my reviews

Critic Douglas Morrey says Godard's cinema is not simply about philosophy or cinema with philosophy, rather it is cinema as philosophy. The question is whether the film is concerned with philosophical issues, or a more simple polemic of how love is failed by the capitalist machine? Philosophy or socio-economics?

Filmmaker Edgar (Bruno Putzulu) pitches an idea for a project about love. When casting for the female antagonist, he meets a girl who he thinks he has met before. He later finds out that she has died. He soon realises where he had met her before in a flashback from two years before to when he was working on a production of suffering during WWII. The film is a critique on Hollywood and how capitalism is destroying cinema and love.

As for Socio-economics, (Late) Capitalism strives to be the End of History and would consequently maintain freedom of capital over the freedom of mankind (Demonstrable in the film where Edgar wants his film to be history not Hollywood)

The film succeeds in offering a philosophical problem, but demonstrates philosophy's inability to enter into any realm other than the abstract.

Godard here follows Marx' dictum: 'Philosophers have only interpreted the world, the point is to change it'.


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