Hail Mary (1985)

“I’m going to have a baby, and I’ve slept with no man.”

A teenage virgin (Myriem Roussel) becomes mysteriously pregnant, and must convince her boyfriend (Thierry Rode) that the conception was “other-worldly”.


Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary notes, this notorious Godard film (condemned by the Pope upon its release) is actually “curiously uninvolving, confusing, and boring”. Along with Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), it’s likely to be remembered more for the controversy it engendered among religious groups than any intrinsic values it possesses as a drama. Peary does, however, provide an interesting analytical spin on the story, suggesting that Godard meant for us to view all births — not just that of Mary’s baby — as mysterious and “extra-terrestrial”. I’m not sure I agree with this assessment, but it’s certainly a provocative take on the enduring Christian mythos of immaculate conception.

Redeeming Qualities:

  • “The Book of Mary”, a short coming-of-age film included as an extra feature on the DVD release

Must See?
No, though film fanatics may be curious to check it out simply given its controversial history.


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