“I’m a renaissance painter looking for commissions,” said Godard of this project that began as a gleam in producer Alain Sarde’s eye: Paris, pulp fiction, Claude Brasseur, Nathalie Baye, Johnny Halliday and an aging Jean-Pierre Léaud. After Godard and Miéville were through adapting Sarde’s story, the stuff about gangsters, detectives and bad debts became a backdrop for the relationship between Brasseur’s Emile and Baye’s Françoise. A fraught shoot, but a lovely film with surprising bursts of passion.
Soft and Hard
France / UK | 1986 | 52m
Godard and Miéville co-created this funny, surprising, and intimate “soft conversation on a hard subject,” shot for the most part in the house they shared, in which they interrogate one another about their work.