For a better experience on MUBI, update your browser.
5,173 Ratings

A Woman Is a Woman

Une femme est une femme

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
France, 1961
Comedy, Romance


Exotic dancer Angela attempts to have a child with her unwilling lover Emile. But Alfred, Emile’s best friend who is in love with Angela, is happy to be a father. Angela loves Emile and refuses Alfred’s advances, but leads Emile to believe that she is infatuated with his friend.

This film is not currently playing on MUBI but 30 other great films are. See what’s now showing
A Woman Is a Woman Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
Despite being largely regarded as minor Godard, A Woman Is a Woman is not only one of Jean-Luc Godard’s most purely exuberant films but one which prefigures many of the aesthetic and thematic concerns that the filmmaker would revisit and refine in later works. Perhaps the most notable of these is the bold, comic book-style color palette and flat, planimetric framings, which Godard would push further towards abstraction in Pierrot fe fou and Two Or Three Things I Know About Her.
November 20, 2017
Read full article
One of the more internalized of Godard’s films from this period, A Woman Is a Woman is less a caustic portrait of its time than a look at the complicated dynamics of relationships (and particularly Godard’s own relationship with then-muse Karina). As such, it presages future classics like Contempt. However, it’s set apart by its friendliness and generosity toward its characters and its consciously rickety musical sequences.
October 28, 2015
Read full article
Infinitely inventive gaiety is but a veil for anxiety, Godard’s contemplation of Karina swings from adoring to ruthless and the bouncy camera turns ominously interrogative as it stalks the heroine around the apartment in a prowling POV.
December 09, 2013
Read full article

What are people saying?

Related films