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Le Redoutable

From the Oscar-winning director of The Artist, a brilliantly realised portrait of France’s maestro director Jean-Luc Godard spiralling into philosophical and romantic crisis.


Dir-Scr Michel Hazanavicius
Prod Florence Gastaud, Michel Hazanavicius, Riad Sattouf, Simone Gattoni
With Louis Garrel, Stacy Martin, Bérénice Bejo
UK Distribution Thunderbird Releasing

Michel Hazanavicius’ biopic of French cinema’s most notorious director, Jean-Luc Godard, is an audacious feat of multi-layered storytelling. Adapted from the autobiographical novel Un an après by actor Anne Wiazemsky, Redoubtable portrays her marriage to Godard and its unravelling in the midst of his spectacular philosophical and artistic meltdown during the volatile moment of national protest in 1968. Hazanavicius demonstrates some serious directorial prowess by taking us on a journey that begins with a jaunty, lightly comedic tone, set at the outset of their marriage. There is an abundance of playful Godardian cinematic flourishes that hit the mark as both parody and loving tribute to the great innovator. But then the tone shifts to something darker and more emotive as Godard is caught up in the protest movement and follows a nihilistic path that sees him lose touch with his audience and reject his wife. With outstanding production design that brilliantly conjures up 1968 France and eager, convincing performances from Louis Garrel as the hawkish, pompous Godard and Stacy Martin as the mesmerising, talented Wiazemsky, there is much to enjoy in this political, philosophical and biographical roller coaster.

Stuart Brown

Additional information

The introduction/Q&A will be BSL interpreted at the screening on Sat 7 Oct.

Festival guests

These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

  • Michel Hazanavicius, Director; Bérénice Bejo, Cast; Louis Garrel, Cast; Stacy Martin, Cast

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