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Hail Mary

Je vous salue, Marie

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
Switzerland, United Kingdom, 1985


In this modern retelling of the Virgin birth, Mary is a student who plays basketball and works at her father’s petrol station; Joseph is an earnest dropout who drives a cab. Accompanied by the short film The Book of Mary by Godard’s longtime companion and collaborator Anne-Marie Miéville.

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Hail Mary Directed by Jean-Luc Godard

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

1985 | Winner: Interfilm Award - Otto Dibelius Film Award

1985 | Honorable Mention: OCIC Promotional Award

Critics reviews

Frame by luminous frame, Hail Mary (1985) seems to me [Godard’s] most beautiful work… Far from shocking, Hail Mary feels like a brave, all-too-rare attempt to regain innocence when looking at the body, nature and everything else, as if virginity – ‘knowing only the shadow of love’ – was really a transcendent way of seeing the world.
February 03, 2016
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Despite the tempestuousness of Mary and Joseph’s body-soul struggle, Godard’s filmmaking is calm and eloquent, nearly untroubled in an era of troublesome productions. Whether we see Mary’s soul or not is undoubtedly up to the viewer, but the tender sympathy of this resolutely materialist filmmaker remains resplendent in its beauty and voluptuous in its polyphony of cinematic records—in ways that all but immediately reveal the pulsing meaning and power within the images’ forms.
October 11, 2013
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…The idea sounds like a joke, and there is puckish humor in the movie (there’s also a startling, yet sacral, eroticism, which resulted in protests against the film worldwide, including at its 1985 screening at the New York Film Festival), but Godard invests the subject with his full and passionate philosophical devotion, starting with the image itself.
October 10, 2013
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