“I think we’re always responsible for our actions. We’re free.”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
Response to Peary’s Review:
He argues that “Godard’s point — made by the old philosopher (Brice Parapain) with whom Karina converses”:
… “and proven to her by the young client she comes to love… is that pleasure and fulfillment come less from the sexual act than through a stronger form of communication: talking, the interchange of words.” Peary adds that “as in all early Godard films, he experiments with his camera (i.e., juxtaposing abstract and real images in order to express ideas)” and “makes thematic references to films, literature, [and] music.”
While this film isn’t a personal favorite, I appreciate both Godard’s innovative style and Karina’s gripping performance. Even in an elusive role meant to distance us somewhat (Godard’s approach to her prostitution lifestyle is strictly clinical), Karina’s humanity shines through, and she’s a pleasure to watch on screen.
Notable Performances, Qualities, and Moments:
(Listed in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die)