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A Woman Is a Woman (Une femme est une femme)

A Woman Is a Woman (Une femme est une femme) (1964)

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Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 1

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Director Jean-Luc Godard's deceptively blithe tribute to the musical comedy features Anna Karina as an exotic dancer who decides that it is time for her to have a child. When her lover refuses to commit to the decision, she turns her romantic attentions to his best friend. This being a Godard film, the straightforward story serves as a framework for improvisation and stylistic experimentation, allowing for odd interludes and unexpected images. Rather than the sometimes alienating, dense

Jun 22, 2004

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The result is brash, defiant, gaudy and infinitely fragile.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A charming document of the great filmmaker's fanciful yet serious dreams for cinema.

November 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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A Woman Is a Woman may not have the urgency or the contradictions that made early Godard an icon, but in its new incarnation, it takes us back to a time when he could still provide the makings of a good argument.

November 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
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The most playful film to come out of the French New Wave, it's also the last time Jean-Luc Godard appeared to have any fun.

September 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Une Femme Est une Femme moves us now because it's so playful and the players are so young.

July 29, 2003 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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A Woman Is a Woman is slight and sometimes wearisome.

July 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Analytical whimsy, captivating dissonance

December 8, 2013 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

In it's (own very funny) way, the inverting bricolage syntax of A Woman is a Woman is as challenging to comprehend as the allusive consciousness stream of an Eliot poem

July 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinemania

It has a certain smugness about it that has always kept me at a distance from enjoying a Godard film.

July 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comment (1)
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One of the most enjoyable of all the master's works.

August 29, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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it is best known as Godard’s ‘tribute to Hollywood musicals,’ because of some offhand references to such films and his sporadic application of music. It is a playful treat, though it has endured because of the strength of the plot and n

October 14, 2004

Godard remains stubbornly experimental, as in the defiant use of set, the chopped-up bits of Legrand's score looming up throughout; still it somehow charms.

July 9, 2004
F5 (Wichita, KS)

You can sing and dance your way through life, but you'll have to do it naked, with men leering at you.

June 18, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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If Jacques Demy had been a sufferer of adult ADHD, he might have made a film very much like Jean-Luc Godard's A Woman is a Woman.

December 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

One of Godard's more approachable and enjoyable films, a black-comic tribute to musical romance

November 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

A Woman Is a Woman is fluff, but quelle mousse.

November 7, 2003 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

A playful experiment.

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

A vibrant cinematic romp full of spry, meet-cute banter and teeming with New Wave in-jokes, Godard's 1961 film holds up because it seems far less concerned with the plot proper than the rhythm and spring of its intimate staging.

July 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Entertainment Today
Entertainment Today

There's more vitality, more reckless love of the cinema, in any one scene than in a dozen current films.

July 3, 2003 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
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Full of memorable images and odd flourishes, there's a whole network of gags and cunning cross references and Godard lets the characters move at their own pace, making for a film that's more relaxed and playful than his later work.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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Audience Reviews for A Woman Is a Woman (Une femme est une femme)

Godard at his most playful. The jumbled score and dialogue make a one of a kind anti movie experience.
January 22, 2013
Graham Jones

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Sexy, charming and downright silly. Jean-Claude Brialy might be the only man on the planet who can repeatedly say "no" to Anna Karina and keep a straight face.
February 12, 2012
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Randy Tippy

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the most charming godard i have yet seen. anna k. is too adorable
January 19, 2012
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Stella Dallas

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This film takes you on a down-to-earth roller coaster ride as you watch to learn what the true meaning of love is. As Angela (a practising night club stripper) is unsure of her love for her current boyfriend (Emile), she believes the only way to finalize her love is to have a child with him. He refuses and believes that they have all the time in the world. As she results to talking to Emile's best friend, she is now in the middle of a split decision between whether or not to love him. This film truly represents what a romance film needs to be. The title suits the film picture perfectly, the story is basic, yet beautifully told, the editing is unique, the comedy/tragedy shakespeare references are amazing and wonderfully interpreted, but the real thing that this has to make it such a classic, it that it has random moments of musical numbers that will make any audience member smile. This film feels like the best play ever made, placed on screen! "Une Femme Est Une Femme" is a masterpiece!
September 30, 2011
KJ Proulx

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