a much more interesting film about religion than Gibson's chain saw christ which was just an exercise in violence & torture porn ...its revealing that that film got the mark of approval as the events as they happened from the pope and this was demonized.. what did they find so horrifying?a little nudity& the idea that these near mythic characters they play could be human ..have human concerns(like the rest of us)?
It was 1985, my country was still under enormous pressure from the Catholic Church. Although there was no censorship, the government did not allow the film to be shown. We saw the movie, at university, more as protest than aesthetic appreciation. I see it now again, and it seems surprisingly delicate, almost a poem. Music and nature to punctuate the narrative, seems to me so especially beautiful.
Godard devient-il ici religieux ? Pas tant que ça, en vérité : inspiré par l'Immaculée Conception, il s'interroge surtout sur les rapports du corps et de l'esprit, sur le hasard et la nécessité, sur le mystère de la vie en général, tout en détournant le texte biblique avec beaucoup d'ironie. Comme toujours, il brasse les idées (philosophie, science, morale...), sur de belles images allant de l'intime au céleste.
Perhaps strongest when at its simplest, using the idea of immaculate conception to explore the struggle between the sexes. I liked the visual motifs/collages and the controversial nudity does not feel shocking or exploitative but appropriate and beautiful. The parallel narrative of the professor and his student worked less well for me even if it's an important part of Godard's thesis.