(out of 5)
More pensive investigation of the human condition in an increasingly commodified post-war France, featuring a gorgeous Macha Méril as a married woman caught between two men. On the one hand she is having an affair with Bernard Noël that she doesn’t feel all that guilty about, but on the other, is being married to Philippe Leroy all that terrible? She is consumed with being the perfect housewife, thanks to the advertisements that tell her that buying products will achieve this, but does she know what she actually wants out of life or is she just following a script? Gorgeous imagery and strong performances punctuate the action that features what Jean-Luc Godard always did best, creating a feeling of spontaneity in a medium whose creation makes it almost impossible to achieve. As always with even the maestro’s best works, however, there are moments when characters stop to contemplate matters long enough that even the most devoted viewer will find their mind wandering.
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
Screenplay by Jean-Luc Godard
Cinematography by Raoul Coutard
Production Design by Henri Nogaret
Costume Design by Laurence Clairval