Jean-Luc Godard’s most vivid and intimate collaboration with his wife and muse Anna Karina, the filmmaker begins what will become a career obsession with the relationship between prostitution and the cinema.
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Well, it took me five films, but I've finally had my Godard epiphany. At long last, I accept the man as a truly GREAT filmmaker, and not just a talented stylist. Needless to say, this is my favorite of his films, and I'm definitely developing a crush on Anna Karina. A beautiful tribute to love and the best film I've ever seen about female belittlement in a male-dominated society.
In my opinion, people who don't know Godard and have not seen a film by him should start here. Probably his most accessible film. Anna Karina is wonderful in the leading role, I could watch her in almost anything.
One of the greatest meditations of physical vs mental freedom. Nana struggles throughout the film between lending herself to other but giving herself to herself like in the opening quote. She meditates on prospects of freedom but like a Bresson character she struggles for spiritual lightness but is consistently trapped to some extent by the filmmaker himself with her destiny predetermined by vignettes. Masterpiece.