My Life to Live (It's My Life) (Vivre sa vie: Film en douze tableaux) Reviews

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November 16, 2020
Impeccable cinematography by Raoul Coutard. [Full review in Spanish]
June 18, 2019
A film of extraordinary purity.
February 16, 2018
"My Life to Live" has just as much social currency today as the day it was released if its gangster trope ending lets Godard off the hook all too easy.
July 12, 2015
At once severe and incandescent, rigorously distanced yet close enough to touch the lenses
November 17, 2011
July 12, 2011
To Live Her Life is, to this very early point in his career, Godard's crowning achievement.
August 21, 2010
truly exhilarating
August 12, 2010
Godard's ode to a hooker remains a bleak, sexy and heartbreaking work of art
May 31, 2010
A fine example of Godard's experimental affronts to cinematic conventions, his exploration of the human condition, and his concern for social issues. [Blu-ray]
May 6, 2010
contains the best of Godard, both the intellectual and the emotional
May 1, 2010
If we were to reduce all of world cinema to just a dozen images, Karina's perfect, pensive face would have to be among them.
April 18, 2010
On the one hand it's a provocative portrait of social and sexual politics... on the other a moralistic tale of a shallow, emotionally reckless young woman...
November 13, 2008
Godard frames and edits his shots, moves the camera, uses music, and deploys his actors in ways that still seem radical -- even as several generations of directors since have cribbed and stolen from him.
August 11, 2008
Godard mixes titles, unusual use of sound, and long scenes of dialog. He is brilliantly served by his wife, Anna Karina, in this film. Karina gives the girl a ring of truth and depth.
August 11, 2008
Jean Luc-Godard's third feature fuses trademark stylistic playfulness with a stark portrait of the dehumanising nature of capitalist society.
May 27, 2008
Star Anna Karina was in the brutal early rounds of marriage to her director, who was never more doting and egghead-condescending than in this showpiece.
October 24, 2007
This 1962 film isn't the most stimulating of Godard's early work, but it does show him beginning to pull away from traditional cutting patterns and sequence arrangement.
October 24, 2007
You can see now what Bernard Rose, Mike Figgis, Lars von Trier and all the other DV-fixated filmmakers are striving for; they're trying to reclaim the freedom, the weightlessness, of cinema. Bravo to them.
October 24, 2007
Invigorating, revolutionary, joyfully iconoclastic and spontaneous.
January 26, 2006
Twelve Brechtian tableaux chronicle the life and death of a whore, starting out as a documentary on prostitution, ending as a Monogram B movie.
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