My Life to Live ( Vivre sa vie: Film en douze tableaux ) Movie Information

Movie Information

Overall Rank: 2585

Average Rating: 2.9/4

# of Ratings: 25

Theatrical Release Date: 09/23/1963

Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 04/27/2010

Language: French

Genre: Drama

MPAA Rating: NR

Director: Jean-Luc Godard

Actors: Anna Karina, Sady Rebbot, André S. Labarthe, Guylaine Schlumberger, Gérard Hoffman, Monique Messine

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Rating of
3/4

mitchellyoung - wrote on 05/16/2012

Godard tells the tragic story of a woman turned to prostitution to find happiness in a straightforward, evenly divided, documentary style. The film plays a little with differing style (sometimes choosing to capture the most intimate moments in silent, with silent era subtitles as a description), but is mostly a straightforward and sometimes brutally honest portrayal of a young woman's desperation. The film is at its best when it uses visuals and simple performance to explain its themes than when it sometimes drifts away into distracting philosophizing. A good addition to the Godard canon.

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memento_mori
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Rating of
3.5/4

The emptiness of life.

memento_mori - wrote on 09/29/2013

If you want to get into French cinema, Vivre sa vie is not a bad place to start.
There's much in this classic to analyze and watch over and over again, so I understand why so many love it. I don't think it's Goard's masterpiece, but I think it's something special.

Nana and the people that surround her are some of the most interesting characters I have ever seen. Not all of them seem to have a certain goal or story, but they are connected to her somehow.
The tableaux in this film are perfect. I don't know how else to describe them, it's just the simplicity of Godard's direction that helped further the plot every bit in this sense.
Some of them don't even have a direct purpose. One consists of her just getting a record for a customer at the shop she works. That's it. It shows us …

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