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Une Femme Mariee Review

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A young Parisian housewife has an airline pilot husband and an actor lover and juggles her time and emotions between the two.

★★★★

Previously unavailable on any home format, this is one of Jean-Luc Godard’s most accessible flicks. Subtitled “A Fragment Of A Film Shot In 1964 In Black And White”, Godard creates a character study of Parisian housewife Charlotte (Macha Méril) caught between her airline-pilot husband (Philippe Leroy) and her actor lover (Bernard Noël). That’s pretty much it plotwise, with Godard spinning off to meditate on the good things in life: sex, movies, music, literature, Volkswagens. This is Godard at his most playful — his sex scenes using close-ups of anatomy have been heavily ripped off since — and, aided by Raoul Coutard’s stunning cinematography, there are few greater things in world cinema than a cheeky Jean-Luc Godard.

Despite very little going on plot-wise, this is a very engaging Godard portrait of life, sex, love, music, literature, movies and much more.

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