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805 Ratings

First Name: Carmen

Prénom Carmen

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
France, 1983


Carmen is a member of a terrorist gang who falls in love with a young police officer guarding a bank that she and her cohorts try to rob.

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First Name: Carmen Directed by Jean-Luc Godard

Critics reviews

Joseph’s all-consuming, self-destruction obsession with the uncaring Carmen is painted as being wholly pathetic, without the slapstick comedy that cushioned the motional blow in the earlier film—First Name Carmen was, in this writer’s eyes, Godard’s most emotionally impactful feature until he made In Praise of Love.
November 20, 2017
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Prénom Carmen may not bear much resemblance to the sweep and grandeur of its source material, but it is arguably Godard’s most visually and aurally ravishing film since Pierrot le fou (1965). It is operatic in its intellectual ambition reminding viewers how the nature of desire and the need to create are often predetermined by a complex of material circumstance – our jobs, clothes, physical health, social connections, cultural references and so on – in spite of ideals and aspirations.
March 17, 2013
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