Thursday, May 20, 2010

Vivre Sa Vie

Every once in a while I love to revisit my favorite French films:
Bande à part (Band of Outsiders),
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg,
A Woman is a Woman
Masculin féminin
Jules et Jim...the list goes on.
It's one way to dust off my quickly fading French language skills. Of course, all of the films are endless sources of style inspiration and I love that! But, mostly I love that in them, day to day activities (conversations at a cafe, a walk down a rainy street, a couple routinely getting ready for bed, making toast for breakfast) are romanticized - the slightest movement to the grandest gestures, are made poetic. It's going to sound silly I suppose, but I try to live my day to day life that way - make everything an occasion of sorts- sometimes I wish I was a heroine in a book, or a lead in a quirky little film.

Surprisingly enough I hadn't yet seen
Vivre Sa Vie until the other night - and it is now easily my favorite Godard film. It has one of the saddest speeches I've ever seen/heard in a movie.

And, as always Anna Karina is amazing and beautiful.

Nana: Shouldnt love be the only truth?
The Philosopher: For that, love would always have to be true.

Nana: The more one talks, the less the words mean.

There are a variety of interesting philosophical and sociological themes in the film- from womens autonomy, the concept of freedom, the social impact of prostitution, and Plato's philosophy of language. It's so subtly done- and like all Cinéma vérité, you feel as though you are truly glimpsing into someones life. This is really worth watching if you haven't already seen it.


  1. Oh man, if you lived in New York we would have to have a day of French films (so many of those are my favorites too! A Bout de Souffle, Jules et Jim... have you seen Les Roseux Sauvages?) and try to make vegan croissants or something.

  2. I sadly admit never really watched the New Wave flicks until Blokey forced me to sit down and watch a bunch. I'm more of an English Kitchen Sink or Italian neorealist appreciator myself, but I do like many of these films. We recently saw "The discreet charm of the bourgeoisie," which I liked a bit less than "Weekend."
    The second picture makes me want to cut my hair short, wear boxy cardigans with wide pleat skirts, and stand around, looking cool.

  3. Hummm I just so uncultured, the only film of those I have seen is Amélie (which I did enjoy a good deal).

    I suppose I'll just have to add a few more to my list!

    Chic on the Cheap

  4. -Oh my gosh Vegan croissants- I need to find a recipe! That would be so much fun.

    - Rad, I know what you mean about cutting your hair short and the style :)

    -Lyddie, uncultured says the girl who just got back from Italy : ) I think you may like the movies if you watch 'em.