In Praise Of Love (Éloge de l'amour)

Critics Consensus

Jean-Luc Godard remains a challenging filmmaker with admirable ambition, but In Praise of Love is too self-indulgent and bereft of stylistic pleasure to engage beyond the auteur's most patient fans.

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Cinematic iconoclast Jean-Luc Godard returns to the front ranks of contemporary filmmaking while embracing the digital video revolution (no great surprise, given his eager and early embrace of video technology in the 1970s) with this drama. In the first part of the film, shot on 35 mm black-and-white film, a filmmaker named Edgar (Bruno Putzulu) is in the midst of a casting session with his producers, looking for the leading lady for his next film. More interested in discussing philosophy than in the nuts and bolts of the character, Edgar speaks with a number of actresses before he encounters Elle (Cecile Camp); he's fascinated by her, and is certain he's met her somewhere before, but can't tell where or when. Eventually, Edgar decides Elle is the right person for the role, but he then discovers she has died. In the second part of the film, produced using color digital video equipment, Edgar flashes back to the moment when he first met Elle -- he's meeting with an elderly couple who survived the Holocaust and have sold their life story to a Hollywood movie producer. While meeting the couple as a guest of an old friend and historian (Jean Lacouture) interested in their story, he's introduced to the couple's granddaughter, a law student who has offered to take a look at their contract -- Elle.

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Critic Reviews for In Praise Of Love (Éloge de l'amour)

All Critics (72) | Top Critics (31)

  • Godard has created such a hermetic, uncompromising world that only the hardiest cinematic spelunkers are likely to appreciate its depths.

    Jun 20, 2003 | Full Review…
  • It's the intellectual ride of your life, as far as moviegoing goes.

    Jun 20, 2003
  • A haunting, intense work, intellectually exploratory yet too emotionally acute in its melancholy to be considered merely academic.

    Jun 14, 2003 | Rating: 4/4
  • The movie's ripe, enrapturing beauty will tempt those willing to probe its inscrutable mysteries.

    May 28, 2003 | Rating: 3/4

    Gene Seymour

    Newsday
    Top Critic
  • The best indication of the film's pretentiousness comes from recurrent images of a book with blank pages, as if to point out that Godard has nothing to say, but so what? Let's throw in a few images and people will come anyway.

    Dec 6, 2002 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • Godard ceased being a voice in the wilderness and became a voice in the wind, howling against demons that refused even to acknowledge his protests.

    Nov 15, 2002 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for In Praise Of Love (Éloge de l'amour)

  • Jan 09, 2012
    I am just waiting for the cinephiles to jump all over me. A measly three stars for the return of the great Godard. The truth is that I wasn't terribly moved..and perhaps I wasn't meant to be. It's over my head.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 17, 2010
    Visually stunning but dull and pretentious. Godard has lost it.
    Jonny B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 31, 2008
    The usage of challenging montage and hews aren't an important advantage of this Godard flick.Le dialogue probablement to semi-quote another movie.Naturally,incorporating novels/poetry in the midst of affection and ashes of past loves brings new reactions from both critics and investigating audiences.Condemning the U.S. on past events isn't our problem as well.It's repetition.Godard's films are so clever,it's impossible to rate them fewer than this (unless they're heavily experimental?),I just felt he was cockier than before.
    Dimitris S Super Reviewer

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