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In Praise Of Love (2001)
Starring: Bruno Putzulu, Cecile Camp, Jean Davy, Fran
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Category: Drama
Studio: New Yorker
98 mins



"One of the ten best films of the year!" - The New York Times, Village Voice, L.A. Times, The Nation, L.A. Weekly, Artform

From Jean-Luc Godard, possibly the most influential European film director of all time comes In Praise of Love, a mesmerizing and lyrical meditation on love, and the role history and memory play in shaping human consciousness, past and present.

Structured in two parts, the film opens in Paris, where the young artist Edgar is developing a project on the four stages of a love affair - meeting, sexual passion, separation, and rediscovery. During the casting process, Edgar discovers a beautiful young woman who he is convinced he has met before. In the second part, set two years earlier, Edgar interviews an elderly couple - former Resistance fighters during the war - only to find that their memories are being bought up for a Steven Spielberg blockbuster. Linking the two parts is Edgar's relationship with the enigmatic woman he met and re-encounters.

In Praise of Love is a combative but tender work that stubbornly asserts the importance of love, art and memory. A film of great intellectual freedom, elusive meanings and overwhelming visual beauty, Goddard has never seemed more young, fresh and original.


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