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Godard Mon Amour (2017)

Le Redoutable (original title)
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In 1967, during the making of "La Chinoise," film director Jean-Luc Godard falls in love with 19-year-old actress Anne Wiazemsky and marries her.

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Michel Hazanavicius (script by), Anne Wiazemsky (adapted from the novel "Un an après" by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis Garrel ... Jean-Luc Godard
Stacy Martin ... Anne Wiazemsky
Bérénice Bejo ... Michèle Rosier
Micha Lescot ... Bamban
Grégory Gadebois ... Michel Cournot
Félix Kysyl Félix Kysyl ... Jean-Pierre Gorin
Arthur Orcier Arthur Orcier ... Jean-Henri Roger dit Jean-Jock
Marc Fraize Marc Fraize ... Emile
Romain Goupil Romain Goupil ... Le flic cinéphile
Jean-Pierre Mocky Jean-Pierre Mocky ... Le client du restaurant
Guido Caprino ... Bernardo Bertolucci
Emmanuele Aita Emmanuele Aita ... Marco Ferreri
Matteo Martari Matteo Martari ... Marco Margine
Stéphane Varupenne Stéphane Varupenne ... Le publicitaire Eric de la Meignière
Philippe Girard Philippe Girard ... Jean Vilar
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Storyline

Paris, 1967. Jean-Luc Godard, the maker of "A bout de souffle", "Le Mépris" and "Pierrot le fou", idolized by critics and intellectuals, is shifting from revolutionizing cinema to becoming a revolutionary tout court. Isn't he shooting "La Chinoise", more a political tract in favor of Maoism than an actual movie? His female star is Anne Wiazemsky, writer François Mauriac's granddaughter, sixteen years his junior. Anne and Jean-Luc have been dating since 1966 and they marry this very year. She admires Jean-Luc's originality, intelligence, wit and boldness while he loves Anne's freshness and - admiration of him. But May 1968 puts their marriage to the test. Godard, who is more and more involved in the revolution, indeed becomes less and less available to his young wife, which does not prevent him from acting jealous. It also looks as if the genius is losing his sense of humor. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Rated R for graphic nudity, sexuality, and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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French | English | Italian

Release Date:

13 September 2017 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

€11,110,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,994, 22 April 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$82,264, 28 May 2018
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Dolby Digital (as Dolby 5.1)

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When in the film Godard meets the filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci, there is the curious circumstance that the actor who plays the first of them (Louis Garrel) obtained his first cinematographic success in real life under the orders of the Italian director in "The Dreamers" (2003). See more »

Quotes

Jean-Luc Godard: Politics is like shoes. There's a left and a right, but eventually you will want to go barefoot.
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Connections

Features The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) See more »

Soundtracks

Azzurro
Lyrics by Paolo Conte and Vito Pallavicini
Music by Paolo Conte and Michele Virano
(1968)
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A clever portrait of a very tricky subject: Jean-Luc Godard
22 May 2017 | by alexdeleonfilmSee all my reviews

LE REDOUTABLE , Michel Hazanavicius, In Competition at Cannes 2017. The French title refers to a formidable opponent which seems very appropriate considering who this story is about. image2.jpeg This films comes here with high expectations because the subject of the film is Jean-Luc Godard, arguably the most famous and surely the most controversial French film director of the XX. century and until now nobody has ventured or dared to make a biopic about the cantankerous 86 year old cinéaste.

Michel Havanacius, director of the 2011 Oscar winning film The Artist has now taken that step and cast popular fast rising actor Louis Garrel as his Godard. The picture focuses on the making of La Chinoise in 1967 which was a major turning point in Godard's career and featured young actress Anne Wiazemsky whom Godard married after the making of that film. He was then 36 and she was nineteen. It was a stormy marriage following his first marriage to another of his stars, Anna Karina, and only lasted two years when Godard was at the peak of his fame and also the acme of his unbridled arrogance ...which is emphatically presented throughout. The film is basically a study of the collapse of that marriage and Godard's embracing of Maoist revolutionary politics which completely altered his career trajectory and sharply divided his fan base while destroying his marriage as well. Hazanavicius most successfully captures the atmosphere of the time and the year that this Cannes film festival was closed down by Godard and other New Wavers as a protest against the oppression of the government of Degaulle. He also captures the purposeful naughtiness of Godard films by throwing in female and female frontal nudity arbitrarily, clearly meant as a sly comment rather than a titillation. Other Godardian devices such as obscene graffiti and inter-titles and jump cuts add to the nouvelle vague flavor. Wiazemsky is effectively played played by actress Stacy Martin who was featured alongside Charlotte Gainsbourg in Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac a few years back. Louis Garrel was a good choice to impersonate Godard and turns in a commendable job even if it is more of an impersonation than entering the skin of his subject -- which, considering the type of slippery personality Godard actually is, would be an almost impossible job.

This is overall a rather light and breezy treatment of what could have been a very knotty and heavy handed film in less skillful hands. Hazanavicius has the right touch for this touchy subject Jean-Luc himself has called the film "a stupid, stupid, idea" -- one would hardly expect him to call any film about himself anything else. For Nouvelle Vague and Godard buffs this film is essential "reading".


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