Monday, June 11, 2012
My Life to Live
One such name is Jean-Luc Godard. I had only seen Breathless, but that was over a year ago. Considering he probably doesn't have much time left on this planet, I had a feeling I should see some more of his work before the time comes.
I opted to watch My Life to Live, released a few years after Breathless. Like that film, My Life to Live revolves around an individual in the vastly populated city of Paris. The distinction between the two films is that instead of focusing on an arrogant criminal, My Life to Live revolves around a quiet woman.
The woman is Nana, played by Anna Karina. Like Guilietta Masina's title role in Nights of Cabiria, Nana has slipped into the world of prostitution. She's not ashamed of what she does, though she longs for something meaningful in her life. It's a very fine performance from her.
I really liked My Life to Live, though I will admit it might take me a while to adjust to Godard's style. I mean, it's good but it's different from other styles I've seen. Still, if he can get very good performance out of his actors like he did here with Karina, then I'll give him a chance.
My Rating: ****1/2