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Jean-Luc Godard's 1982 film is centered on a Godard-like director (played by Jerzy Radziwilowicz, the Polish star of Man of Iron) who divides his time between re-creating classical painting for a movie he is making and contradictory love affairs with Hanna Schygulla (the wife of a factory owner) and Isabelle Huppert (a virginal proletarian). The film is a study in classical montage, revving up a dialectic between two kinds of filmmaking, two kinds of quests, and two kinds of passion. Godard does not reconcile his contradictions so much as inhabit the spaces between them: the movie is profoundly “in the middle,” always hesitating between two choices, two characters, two subjects. Difficult but fascinating, as always with this crucial filmmaker. In French with subtitles. 87 min.

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