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In Praise Of Love (Éloge de l'amour) (2002)



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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.


Jean Davy
as Grandfather
Francoise Verny
as Grandmother
Audrey Klebaner
as Eglantine
Claude Baignieres
as Mr. Rosenthal
Remo Forlani
as Mayor Forlani
Mark Hunter
as U.S. Journalist
Jean Lacouture
as Historian
Bruno Mesrine
as Magician
Djelloul Beghoura
as Algerian Man
Serge Spira
as Homeless Man
Jean-Henri Roger
as Mayor Forlani's Aide
Lemmy Constantine
as U.S. Assistant
William Doherty
as U.S. Official
Marceline Loridan Ivens
as Woman in Movie Theatre
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Critic Reviews for In Praise Of Love (Éloge de l'amour)

All Critics (72) | Top Critics (30)

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

June 20, 2003 | Full Review…

It's the intellectual ride of your life, as far as moviegoing goes.

June 20, 2003

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

June 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
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.

December 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.

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

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

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 Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer


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 Springer
Dimitris Springer

Super Reviewer

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