A biopic of French cinema’s most notorious director, Jean-Luc Godard.
Dir Michel Hazanavicius
With Louis Garrel, Stacy Martin, Bérénice Bejo, Micha Lescot
Courtesy of Thunderbird Releasing
This biopic of French cinema’s most notorious director, Jean-Luc Godard, is an audacious feat of multi-layered storytelling. Based on actor Anne Wiazemsky’s autobiographical novel Un an après, Redoubtable portrays the unravelling of her marriage to Godard during the volatile 1968 national protests in France. From the outset there’s an abundance of playful Godardian cinematic flourishes that hit the mark as both parody and loving tribute to the great innovator, but then Hazanavicius shifts the tone to something darker as Godard follows a nihilistic path that sees him lose touch with his audience and reject his young wife. With convincing performances from Louis Garrel as the hawkish, pompous Godard and Stacy Martin as the mesmerising Wiazemsky, there’s much to enjoy in this political, philosophical and biographical roller coaster.
Stuart Brown, Head of Programme and Acquisitions
See our Preview: Redoubtable + Q&A with director Michel Hazanavicius on Tue 8 May 18:10.
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