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Film info: Je vous salue, Marie

Film Information

Original Title Je vous salue, Marie
English Title Hail Mary
Director Jean-Luc Godard
Year 1985
Format 35 mm
Colour Color
Duration 72 min
  • Myriem Roussel, Thierry Rode, Philippe Lacoste, Manon Andersen, Malachi Jara Kohan
  • Guión: Jean-Luc Godard
  • Fotografía: Jean-Bernard Menoud, Jacques Firmann
  • Montaje: Anne-Marie Miéville


Maria is young and beautiful, and she carries in her womb the child of God. The outcome is well known, but it’s the least important thing. Painted in neon and trade marks the Eighties sneak into every shot but a strange mythical aura prevails, a precise roughness that can be identified with religious iconography. Hail Mary is not, as one could expect, a questioning of faith, but rather the most beautiful submission to faith machinery by someone who doesn’t believe but wants to. A profoundly sensual film that proposes a God that’s present in a woman’s breasts and pubis; God as a voluptuous nature invading the film’s editing through dogs, flowers, and moons worthy of Saint Francis of Assisi’s adoration. And the omnipresence of Bach’s clave does nothing but ennoble the induced ecstasy the film suggests. Close to Bresson and even closer to Rossellini, Godard however ends up united to Buñuel: the most skeptical of all closeted Christians. “In that time...” says a recurrent sign. What time? All times, because what is sacred is timeless and is for everyone.

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