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Vivre sa vie

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Vivre sa vie 1962 15

85 mins France Director. Jean-Luc Godard

Jean-Luc Godard’s critically acclaimed drama tells the story of Nana (Anna Karina), a young Parisian woman who works in a record shop but finds herself disillusioned by poverty and a rapidly failing marriage. With dreams of becoming an actress and making it in the film industry, Nana is disappointed when nothing comes of it, and she quickly turns to a life of prostitution.

Told in 12 short episodes, Godard borrowed the aesthetics of the cinéma vérité approach to documentary film-making that was fashionable at the time with the result being a landmark of his career.

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Jean-Luc Godard


André S. Labarthe

Sady Rebbot

Anna Karina




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