Vivre Sa Vie

Director: Jean-Luc Godard.
Starring: Anna Karina, Sady Rebbot, André S. Labarthe. France 1962. 85 mins.

VIVRE SA VIE tells the story of a provincial ingénue who becomes a Paris whore because she can’t pay the rent. Stylistically, a merging of a cursory homage to American gangster movies with a quasi-sociological investigation of prostitution structured in twelve Brechtian chapters (or stations of the cross), the film also utilises cinema-verité-style observation, interviews, statistics and quotes.

The examination of prostitution finally proves subordinate to an obsessive, rapturous portrait of Karina, which seems to probe her individuality and glamour while placing her in the context of cinematic icons of the past. As Godard later noted, the film was the first stage in the dissolution of their marriage.

Club and Group screenings

Mon 1st May 18.30 Club Ciné: Join us for our club dedicated to French cinema.

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