Film

Redoubtable

Director
Michel Hazanavicius
Certificate
15
Running Time
107 mins

It’s 1967 and feted French New Wave auteur Jean-Luc Godard (Louis Garrel) is undergoing something of a mid-life crisis. At 36, he’s just dumped his muse and star of many of his early films, Anna Karina, taken up with 17-year-old actress Anne Wiazemsky (Stacy Martin), and embraced revolution. But when reaction to their collaboration La Chinoise is muted as les événements loom, Godard finds himself staring irrelevance in the face.

Adapted from Wiazemsky’s memoir, this playful comic biopic from The Artist director Michel Hazanavicius seems intended as a provocation to both beard-stroking old-school cineastes and Godard himself. Indeed, the 86-year-old who was given to such pronouncements as “Artists should die at 35 before they become old farts” has described the whole thing as “a stupid, stupid idea”. All the more fun for us, then.

By robin askew, Wednesday, Nov 29 2017

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