9.5/10. A wacky, engaging movie about the making of a movie (which happens to be a remake). IRMA VEP is largely a comedy of communication--there is a certain comic delight from watching people who literally (and sometimes figuratively) cannot speak the same language. The cinematography is especially praiseworthy--long interrupted takes meander and insert us into the world of this disastrous film set.
new favorite. loved the scene with sonic youth... "you ain't ever goin anywhere", almost as good as the scene from 'Clean' by Assayas with Third Uncle by Brian Eno. Loved this film as much as Boarding Gate, another badass movie by Assayas.
Bold, exciting and inventive in '96 and even better now Assayas' film is a fantastic peak into French filmmaking, petty jealousies, human nature and the futility in making remakes. Maggie Cheung playing a version of herself is simply brilliant here with wonderful support from a heartbreaking Natalie Richard. The film has that late night atmosphere about it with the music to match; Luna, SonicYouth, Ali Farka Toure
Jean-Pierre Léaud plays Jean-Luc Godard. Yes, they all thought he was finished, washed-up, worthless, a mad man... but when they finally see his film, it's beyond the reach of mere mortals. Maggie Cheung plays Maggie Cheung playing Irma Vep, stalking the hotel in her rubber outfit, walking the rooftops in the rain; a phantom lady over Paris. The greatest film about the nature of film since...?