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

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Critic Consensus: One of the last times Godard could make film paradoxes with glee, A Woman Is a Woman is a mocking, genuine tribute to musicals.

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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 intellectualism of later Godard works, Une femme est une femme offers aesthetic pleasure through luxurious visuals and a charming musical score by Michel Legrand. Against this bright backdrop, Karina proves particularly fetching, capturing the film's frolicsome mood in an unforced manner. While not one of Godard's most groundbreaking or influential films, Une femme est une femme is one of his most appealing and pleasurable efforts. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for A Woman Is a Woman (Une femme est une femme)

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (11)

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

Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
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A charming document of the great filmmaker's fanciful yet serious dreams for cinema.

Nov 21, 2003 | Rating: 3/4

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.

Nov 7, 2003 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

Sep 5, 2003 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
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.

Jul 29, 2003 | Rating: 4/4

A Woman Is a Woman is slight and sometimes wearisome... A minor chapter in an early career.

Jul 25, 2003 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

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½

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.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

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the most charming godard i have yet seen. anna k. is too adorable

Stella Dallas
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!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

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