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In Praise of Love

Éloge de l'amour

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
Switzerland, France, 2001


Someone we hear talking – but whom we do not see – speaks of a project which describes the four key moments of love: meeting, physical passion, arguments and separation, making up. This is told through three couples.

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In Praise of Love Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
Working against standard cinematic shorthand, Godard frames the black-and-white section of the narrative as the present day and the colour half as an extended flashback. Godard instead uses these forms for emotional purposes, conjuring a sense of a present that is overshadowed by longing for things past, and a past that seems more emotionally immediate for the film’s protagonist than the immediate moment.
November 20, 2017
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Accepting how Godard actually made it – i.e., with rather more care and premeditation than I was initially willing to allow him in my mind – opens the distinct possibility that the result is a good deal more coherent than I first thought in my viewing experience of 2001. . . . I see it better today: the film is all about connecting the personal story (of love, family, the working life of an artist, whatever) to the larger history of forces and relations that frame it and bear down on it.
August 01, 2017
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The landscape of history becomes Godard’s most essential character. At the film’s end, Berthe reminds this new man she meets of the significance of the image in addition to sound, “The image, monsieur, alone capable of denying nothingness, is also the gaze of nothingness upon us.” In ELOGE DE L’AMOUR, the Swiss poet’s hope still lies in cinema.
February 24, 2012
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