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nrh's rating of the film Nouvelle vague

godard stages the same old story he's staged since breathless - man undone by femme fatale - but the film ruptures halfway through, and it becomes something else entirely: a hawksian comedy of re-marriage, filtered through centuries of prose, music, and image-making traditions, rendered somewhat ageless in the light of the country side. in godard's career, perhaps his only real love story (thus his most painful).