Concluding a decade of experimentation, Godard returns to character-based storytelling with this portrait of restless, intertwining lives, survival in a capitalist state, and the myriad forms self-debasement can take. TV director Jacques Dutronc (playing a character named Paul Godard) has left his wife for a co-worker (Nathalie Baye), who—disenchanted with television and Paul—plans a move to the country. Meanwhile, a country girl (Isabelle Huppert) works nonchalantly as a prostitute in the city. Introduced by Godard as “my second first film,” Sauve qui peut (la vie) is characteristically cerebral and peppered with literary allusions, including an unforgettable anti-cameo by Duras. “Breathtakingly beautiful and often very funny … I trust it will outlive us all.”—Vincent Canby, The New York Times

  • Jean-Luc Godard
  • 1980
  • France/Austria/West Germany/Switzerland
  • French with English subtitles
  • 35mm
  • 87 minutes