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Je Vous Salue, Marie (Hail Mary) (1985)




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Hail Mary is Jean-Luc Godard's first sustained examination of modern spiritual life. This complex episodic film parallels the story of a contemporary Joseph (Theirry Rode) and Mary (Myriem Roussel) with that of a science class studying the origins of life on earth. Joseph is a cab driver and Mary plays on a woman's basketball team. A thuggish angel (Philippe Lacoste) tells Mary that she is with child. When she tells Joseph that she is pregnant, he accuses Mary of having cheated on him. The professor of the science class (Johan Leysen), who is having an affair with one of his students (Anne Gauthier), presents the theory that life came to earth from somewhere else in the universe. Godard organizes scenes from these two narratives into an essay about the relationship between the spirit and the body, and how being is born from nothingness. The film is filled with images of light cascading over the Swiss countryside. Godard often has his cinematographers Jean-Bernard Menoud and Jacques Firmann shoot directly into the sun and capture ravishing shots of pure luminosity. Hail Mary is introduced by a short film by Godard's frequent directing partner Anne-Marie Miéville entitled The Book Of Mary, the story of a young girl named Marie whose parents separate. Miéville's film continues the philosophical reflection on children that she and Godard started in Numéro deux(Number Two). ~ Louis Schwartz, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama , Special Interest , Faith & Spirituality
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Thierry Rode
as Joseph
Juliette Binoche
as Juliette
as Arthur
Johan Leysen
as Professor
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Critic Reviews for Je Vous Salue, Marie (Hail Mary)

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

This much is certain: The controversy will probably sell a lot more tickets than is warranted by the comparatively solemn, unsensational nature of the film itself.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

No longer content with a materialist analysis of the state of the world, he's attempting here to film the intangible.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The film is not very good. People who have not seen a lot of films by Godard will find it especially slow-moving.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

[S]een alongside Godard's other films, Hail Mary isn't that shocking. It's a film of great sensitivity and yearning[.]

Full Review… | January 31, 2014
The Dissolve

Hail Mary is limpid, serene, and, for all the pubic hair on display, glowingly chaste.

Full Review… | October 8, 2006
Slant Magazine

fascinating stuff that is beautifully photographed

October 3, 2006

Audience Reviews for Je Vous Salue, Marie (Hail Mary)

I had always heard of this film, but after finally watching it I was very disappointed. There is certainly a point here, but Goddard's artifice and pacing is so slow that it almost felt like cinematic torture to me.

Matty Stanfield
Matty Stanfield

An offbeat movie for which I'm too intelligent to grasp the spiritual story it's supposed to convey. Gave up after trying (& tolerating with patience) for half-an-hour.

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

The relationship between Mary and Joseph was interesting and had some heart to it, but the rest of it was cold, incomprehensible claptrap. I had to watch a couple of scenes again to figure out what was going on. And I still don't know who Binoche was supposed to be. Or why the music kept cutting out. Or what the hell people were talking about half the time. A lot of the dialogue in sounded like pseudo-intellectual non-sequitur to me. Worst of all, Godard isn't having any fun with it.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

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