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A Woman Is a Woman(Une femme est une femme)

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France, Italy

1961

1h 23m

Director Jean-Luc Godard

Starring Anna Karina, Jean-Claude Brialy, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Marie Dubois

Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance

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Longing for a baby, a stripper (Anna Karina) pursues another man (Jean-Paul Belmondo) in order to make her boyfriend (Jean-Claude Brialy) jealous.

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60

Variety by

Only intermittently bright. Too much homage to Yank musicals and comedies point up the lack of polish.
70

The New Yorker by Anthony Lane

More than forty years have passed since A Woman Is a Woman won the Jury Prize at the Berlin Film Festival for "originality, youth, audacity, impertinence." (When did you last see a movie that might warrant such an award?) [26 May 2003, p. 102]
90

The New York Times by Dana Stevens

It is the work of a master -- of more than one, for that matter. Mr. Godard, who once called it "my first real film," was showing the obsession with, and mastery of, cinematic technique that would make him one of the culture heroes of the 1960's.
60

Chicago Reader by Jonathan Rosenbaum

While its slender plot (stripper Karina wants a baby and turns to Belmondo when her boyfriend Brialy won't oblige her) can irritate in spots, the film's high spirits may still win you over.
100

Chicago Tribune by Michael Wilmington

Moves us now because it's so playful and the players are so young - and because later, when Godard tried to play for keeps, in his self-consciously radical films of the late '60s and '70s, he began to lose his game.
40

Film Threat by Phil Hall

What may have seemed energetic and innovative four decades ago is fairly enervated today, and only the most rabid Godard fanatics will find reason to seek out its new theatrical re-release.

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