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In Praise of Love
Éloge de l’amour
dir. Jean-Luc Godard / France, Switzerland 2001 / 90’
subtitles: Polish and English
Retrospective: Jean-Luc Godard

Cast

Bruno Putzulu, Cécile Camp, Jean Davy, Françoise Verny, Audrey Klebaner, Jérémy Lippmann, Claude Baignières

awards

Valladolid IFF 2001 – Special Jury Prize, Fajr FF 2001 – Best Film

Film description

In Praise of Love (Éloge de l'amour) is regarded as one of the late masterpieces of Godard. Its main character, Edgar is a young man, but he is burdened with his past, haunted by his private memories and history which marked his environment. Edgar cannot forget Berthe, a woman whom he met two years earlier and wanted her to play in a film about love in three stages of life: youth, adulthood and old age. He can’t free himself from thinking about the fate of the old Mr and Mrs Bayard who were involved in the resistance in Paris during WWII and who were sent to the Ravensbrück concentration camp. The impression of the domination of the past over the present in Edgar’s life is reflected also in the images and sounds that surround him. Paris experienced by Edgar is full of history mediated by film, visible in a poster of Pickpocket by Robert Bresson, in a barge which glides slowly down the river Seine, accompanied by Maurice Jaubert’s song from L'atalante by Jean Vigo. The power of history is reflected in the layer of colours too: the past is depicted on black-and-white tape, the present – on colour tape.

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