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Oh, Woe Is Me (1993)

Hélas pour moi (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 8 September 1993 (France)
Romance about Simon Donnadieu and his decision to leave his ever-loving wife Rachel.

Director:

Jean-Luc Godard (uncredited)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gérard Depardieu ... Simon Donnadieu
Laurence Masliah Laurence Masliah ... Rachel Donnadieu
Bernard Verley ... Abraham Klimt
Aude Amiot Aude Amiot ... Aude Amiel, une élève
Roland Blanche Roland Blanche ... Le professeur de dessin / Le libraire
Marc Betton Marc Betton ... Le médecin
François Germond François Germond ... Le pasteur
Jean-Louis Loca Jean-Louis Loca ... Max Mercure
Anny Romand Anny Romand ... La femme du pasteur
Monique Couturier Monique Couturier ... La vieille servante
Benjamin Kraatz Benjamin Kraatz ... Benjamin
Manon Andersen Manon Andersen ... Ondine
Raphaël Potier Raphaël Potier ... Un élève
Delphine Quentin Delphine Quentin ... Delphine, l'étudiante
Véronique Varlet Véronique Varlet ... Une élève
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Storyline

Romance about Simon Donnadieu and his decision to leave his ever-loving wife Rachel.

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Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | Switzerland

Language:

French

Release Date:

8 September 1993 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Alas for Me See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Mechanic: You should say: 'Mr' and 'Mrs." No first names. We're not characters in a novel.
Abraham Klimt: Maybe you are.
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Heavenly Godard
6 February 2010 | by rick-220See all my reviews

I've just watched it and this is by far the most complex and demanding Godard movie I've seen (I've seen about 15 of his movies now).

Colin Maccabe's introduction on the DVD helped in getting bits and pieces of what was going on. But five minutes in I realized I was again trapped in the idea of (desperately) wanting to find a narrative thread, which only lead to confusion and even frustration.

Then I just decided to let go and try and forget about cinematic restrictions and just let Godard have his way. Obviously in the end (what end?) I still could not get my head around it, but it had quite a lot of impact all the same.

It feels profound and important and confrontational and provoking. It looks beautiful. That suffices for now.


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