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. Accompanied by the short film The Book of Mary by Godard’s longtime companion and collaborator Anne-Marie Miéville.
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Upon re-watching this film, I began to see the brilliance of it. In my first sitting, I complained that Godard was aimless and pandering throughout. But now, I no longer see that. I instead see a strong metaphor of a film with gorgeous cinematography and score. I now believe this may be one of Godard's strongest efforts!
One of Godard's most beautiful films as well as one of his best of the 80s. His eye for composition here is as on par as it usually is w/ his editing choices & camera angles. JLG is an idea man & focusing the story on one central idea w/other ones around it really gives it focus.
Godard updates the story of Joseph and Mary. Joseph drives a taxi, but there is still a donkey and a manger in the film, even if only gratuitously. Mary plays basketball and smokes cigarettes, but not during pregnancy. 4.3
I grew up Catholic, and then I grew out of it. My Dad told me not to watch this movie, because someone with a big white hat told him not to. I hope this isn't sacrilegious, but I think there's a lot of surprised Popes in Hell. Once it's explained to them I'm sure they'll understand. They can play bridge with all the Cardinals and Priests. Don't get mad at me, I'm not an Atheist. I'm an Agnostic.
"I've had only the shadow of love. Yes, in fact, the shadow of a shadow. Like the reflection of a water lily in a pond, not quiet, but shaken by ripples in the water. So that even the reflection is deformed and not yours."
Surely one of Godard's most visually sumptuous offerings. The images of the sun, the moon, the plants blowing in strong winds, treated with languor, reminded me (if only slightly) of Sharunas Bartas. One of my favourites of his.
My first Godard. It shift my interests to new directions and broadened my way of thinking cinema. Pure, perfect, pleasing. A masterpiece and a lesson of cinema no one will ever forget. For ever Godard. I owe him everything.
Godard loved to piss people off and he pissed a lot of people off with this film that is a modern retelling of the Virgin Mary giving birth to Jesus Christ. Not as controversial as you would think but interesting nonetheless.