“Jean-Luc Godard's films have often overflown with daring conceits...but the legendary French filmmaker [could] never [have] imagined this: a turning point in his life and work would become a droll romantic comedy”
Paris, 1967. Jean-Luc Godard (Louis Garrel), the leading filmmaker of his generation, is shooting La Chinoise with the woman he loves; Anne Wiazemsky (Stacy Martin), his twenty-year old muse. Happy, attractive and in love, they marry. But the film's reception unleashes a profound crisis of confidence in Jean-Luc whose radicalization as a filmmaker sees him turn away from the style and tone of his earlier French New Wave films. The political and social upheaval of May '68 deepens Godard's ambivalence and intransigence and - in a plot development that wryly evokes Godard's 1963 film, Contempt - begin to test the patience of his young wife.
Wiazemsky's memoir-laden novel, Un an après (One Year After), published in 2015, two years before her death, served as the primary inspiration for Michel Hazanavicius' film. More concerned with exploring the arc of Jean-Luc and Anne's relationship and decidedly uninterested in attempting a reverential biopic of Godard as a filmmaker, the film also features the director's real-life wife, Berenice Bejo, the star of his Oscar-winning film, The Artist (2011) in the role of filmmaker, journalist and style-maker Michele Rosier. In Redoubtable (aka Godard Mon Amour ) as in The Artist, the Academy Award-winning director delivers a cleverly conceived, impressively well-executed ode to cinema by way of an idiosyncratic romantic comedy that is sardonic, affectionate, funny, tender and, ultimately, deeply moving.
Attend our season opener at 6.30 pm on Thursday 31 May for a She Speaks First event to follow the screening featuring film critic Becky Harkins-Cross and cultural commentator Roj Amedi in conversation with Ghita Loebenstein from Grey Gardens Projects.