Godard Mon Amour
Oscar®-winning director Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) delightfully embodies the spirit of the French New Wave to depict the whirlwind 1968 romance between revolutionary filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard (Louis Garrel, The Dreamers) and his new muse, actress Anne Wiazemsky (Stacy Martin).
"The film's production design and style make constant cheeky references to Godard films: there are tracking shots galore and the primary-color interiors mimic those in films such as A Married Woman and Two Or Three Thing I Know About Her." Godfrey Chesire - Roger Ebert
While shooting his 1967 film La Chinoise, internationally respected French New Wave filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard (Louis Garrel, The Dreamers) falls for lead actress Anne Wiazemsky (Stacy Martin, Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1). The granddaughter of Nobel Prize-winning conservative author Francois Mauriac and eager to shed her bourgeois upbringing, the 19-year-old philosophy student is drawn to his anti-establishment ways, and they marry soon thereafter. But reeling from the film's eventual critical and commercial failure, Jean-Luc tires of "amusing the middle class" and reassesses his place in art, country, and politics. "This man, who had revolutionized film 10 years earlier, had shaken up my life, too, and was about to revolutionize himself," Anne narrates. As the 1968 Paris student riots come to fruition, Jean-Luc renounces his former films and sets out to redefine the purpose of cinema as one of activism, regardless of who he pushes away and how it affects Anne's life and wellbeing. Based on Wiazemsky's autobiography "Un a apres" ("One Year Later") and directed with a playful energy by Oscar®-winning filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius (2011's The Artist), Godard Mon Amour is a smart, funny, audacious biopic—chock-full of stylistic homages to the director's work and possessing a clear eye toward the destruction narcissistic geniuses leave in their wake—that will please Godard aficionados and neophytes alike.
Michel Hazanavicius is the recipient of 50 international awards including an Oscar for Best Achievement in Directing and a BAFTA award for Best Original Screenplay for The Artist (2012). Although The Artist, his acclaimed silent film, was his introduction to worldwide audiences, the Paris-born director, producer and screenwriter has been releasing work since 1999 starting with his first feature, Mes Amis (1999).
Sponsored by Alliance Francaise de Seattle, The French American School of Puget Sound, French Immersion School of WA
- Original Language Title: Le Redoutable
- Director: Michel Hazanavicius
- Principal Cast: Louis Garrel, Berenice Bejo, Stacy Martin, Micha Lescot, Gregory Gadebois
- Premiere Status: Seattle
- Country: France
- Year: 2017
- Running Time: 102 minutes
- Producer: Florence Gastaud, Michel Hazanavicius, Riad Sattouf
- Screenplay: Michel Hazanavicius
- Cinematographers: Guillaume Schiffman
- Editors: Anne-Sophie Bion
- Website: Official Film Website
- Filmography: The Search (2014); The Artist (2011); OSS 117: Lost in Rio (2009) ; OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (2006); Mes amis (1999)
- Language: French, English
- Has Subtitles: Yes
- Format: DCP
- US Distributor: Cohen Media Group
- International Sales: Wild Bunch