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Alas for Me (Helas pour moi) (2003)

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Hélas pour moi is the story of journalist Abraham Klimt (Bernard Verley)'s investigation of a case of divine possession. In 1989 God enters the body of filmmaker Simon Donnadieu (Gérard Depardieu). When Simon returns home, his wife Rachel (Laurence Masliah) realizes something is amiss but sticks by her newly divine husband. As in much of his later work Jean-Luc Godard uses a team of cinematographers to create breathtaking images. The theology-filled dialogue makes frequent references to light and illumination, which are in turn reflected in the sun-suffused images. Light comes bouncing off Lake Geneva or streams in from widows behind the characters who stand in shadowy interiors. Multiple narrators provide differing views of the same events, and an intricate web of flashbacks creates an almost impenetrably knotty chronology. Meanwhile, title screens periodically interrupt the action, and the characters introduce lengthy digressions on philosophical, literary and spiritual questions. The result is a beautiful but extremely difficult film, even for those familiar with Godard. This film drew strong protests from the Catholic Church. ~ Louis Schwartz, Rovi

Cast

Gérard Depardieu
as Simon Donnadieu
Laurence Masliah
as Rachel Donnadieu
Marc Betton
as The Doctor
Bernard Verley
as Abraham Klimt
Jean-Pierre Miquel
as The Other Pastor
Anny Romand
as The Pastor's Wife
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Critic Reviews for Alas for Me (Helas pour moi)

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

It will be a surprise to anyone who thinks of Jean-Luc Godard as a cold and cerebral film maker. Here he is warm and cerebral, and more quietly provocative than he has been in years.

August 30, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

No one else makes films so alive with ideas or executed with as much daring, beauty or humor.

July 31, 2003 | Full Review…

Jean-Luc Godard's most spiritual film is also his most opaque.

July 31, 2003 | Full Review…

... this film starts to veer dangerously close to being almost too experimental (dare I use the dreaded word "pretentious") for its own good.

February 14, 2008 | Full Review…

One of the director's most challenging ventures to date.

July 31, 2003 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Rather abstract and self-limiting.

July 31, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

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