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Hail Mary (1985)

Je vous salue, Marie (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 11 October 1985 (USA)
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A college student gets pregnant without having intercourse, affecting people close and unrelated to her in different ways.

Director:

Jean-Luc Godard

Writer:

Jean-Luc Godard
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Cast

Credited cast:
Myriem Roussel ... Marie
Thierry Rode Thierry Rode ... Joseph
Philippe Lacoste Philippe Lacoste ... L'ange Gabriel
Manon Andersen Manon Andersen ... La petite fille
Malachi Jara Kohan Malachi Jara Kohan ... Jésus
Juliette Binoche ... Juliette
Dick Dick ... Le chien
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Georges Staquet Georges Staquet
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Storyline

In this modern retelling of the Virgin birth, Mary is a student who plays basketball and works at her father's petrol station; Joseph is an earnest dropout who drives a cab. The angel Gabriel must school Joseph to accept Mary's pregnancy, while Mary comes to terms with God's plan through meditations that are sometimes angry and usually punctuated by elemental images of the sun, moon, clouds, flowers, and water. Godard intercuts a brief parallel story of Eva and her nameless lover; their adulterous affair, rife with philosophical discussions, leads nowhere. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

When a Minneapolis theater attempted to show this in 1985, the theater was broken into and the print was destroyed. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Marie: I am of the Virgin, and I didn't want this being. I only left my imprint on the soul that helped me... you!
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Connections

Followed by The Book of Mary (1985) See more »

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A modern day retelling of the birth of Christ. The Godardian way!
1 February 2008 | by DukeEmanSee all my reviews

There is something about Godard that I find hypnotic. Even when you know it's not right, it still seems like it is perfect for the cinema! The way he moves his characters about within a frame. The mannerisms and political diatribe he allows his actors to divulge in, and sometimes the crude visual beauty makes for some mind stimulating cinema. And for this one, he pushes it that little bit further, as he does with all his work. The older he gets, the more eccentric he has become, and the more fascinating he is. To me, this is his last real masterpiece before he became the mad professor of the Wacky Cinema According To Godard!


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Country:

France | Switzerland | UK

Language:

French

Release Date:

11 October 1985 (USA) See more »

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Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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