These French New Wave films are just not for me. I find them annoying, pretentious and completely cloying. In this film, the sound is so distracting and badly used that I just couldn't get past it. It was awful, utterly awful. I get that it was an experiment of sorts... but it was big, ol' fat fail for me. I'll keep trying... but, for me, there is almost zero entertainment value in this type of French cinema.
All comedy and all tragedy, 'A Woman Is a Woman' is about the seeming impossibility of conversation in the context of a musical. The songs are too loud, the reactions too soft; everything is cut short (the game, the dinner) and returns (the egg, the camera). The film makes visible the genre's crooked seams without quite knowing what to do with them but tease and joke. Still, it reveals: a searing light, a record.
Another wonderful Godard film, the man really could do no wrong in the sixties. His films are always so cleverly put together and slightly off centre. This is Godard in a playful mood with his own take on a musical. And of course, this is nothing like you'd expect from a musical. With the playful jesting of the lovers at the heart of this film, there is also a rather sad truth hiding underneath the colourful exterior
Godard once more pulls out his creative genius to stretch the male-female dynamic to an extreme. Stylistically it is a delicious film to watch and I have to admit at times it is hilarious and very off beat. The characters are a little hollow though. Watch it for what it is, light entertainment Godardified.