Hail Mary [VHS]
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"Hail Mary" is preceded by Anne-Marie Miéville's short film "The Book of Mary" (Le Livre de Marie) and both films should be viewed as a whole, in that order. They were shown as such upon original release. Miéville's "The Book of Mary" has nothing to do with religion or the Marie of Godard's film. It is a lovely 27-minute film about a young girl coming to terms with the separation of her parents. What it has in common with "Hail Mary" is the theme of life-change and the importance of accepting change.Read more ›
Synopsis: The sun glides across the horizon on its unending journey from sunrise to sunset. A plane descends upon the modern, urban landscape carrying a female child and her Uncle Gabriel presumably sent on a mission of divine origin.
Meanwhile Mary tends the counter inside her Father's gas station, occasionally stepping outside to record the latest tallies registering on the pumps. Her boyfriend Joseph picks up the divinely sent messengers at the airport terminal and brings them to the meet his beloved never realizing who they are and what lies ahead for the young couple.
Critique: `Hail Mary' released in '85 is quite likely the most controversial film of the 20th century. Banned by the Catholic Church for its raw and sometimes scathing modern day depiction of the Virgin Mary, I believe this is a movie whose time has finally come and will soon be recognized as the classic it truly is. After listening to all the ranting and raving condemning this film you will surely be surprised, and I hope delighted, by what you experience when you finally watch it.
Myriem Roussel is perfect in the role of immaculate Mary. Her youthful, understated beauty provides the perfect combination of innocence and sensuality, appearing as a little lost girl in need of comfort one minute and a passionate woman in the mood for love the next. Thierry Rode in the role of Joseph doesn't quite rise to the level of Roussel but does deliver a strong though understated performance fully manifesting all the confusion, pain and unconsolable loss of a man forever forbidden to fully love the woman he marries.Read more ›
Mary (Myriem Roussel) is a normal but stunningly beautiful teenager: she plays on the basketball team at her school and lives with her father who owns a gas station. She desires a normal relationship with her boyfriend Joseph (Thierry Rode) but her life quickly goes out of control when she is met by two angels who inform her that she is pregnant. Mary, who is a virgin, has trouble accepting this fact as do the people around her. What follows is a meditation on both the divine and the human. Mary accepting the role she is given in contrast to a second couple who live for the carnal.
This second couple Eva (Anne Gautier) and her Professor/Lover (Johan Leysen) are involved in an extra marital affair that only leads to anguish. They are the opposite side of the coin from Mary and Joseph.
Godard uses the film to contrast pure love with love of the flesh and does quite a good job. So why only three stars? Godard's film moves at a glacial pace and his difficult philosophy is on display in its most brutal form. There are moments of complete confusion for the viewer as one tries to sort it all out.
The film has beautiful imagery courtesy of Godard cinematographers Jacques Firmann and Jean-Bernard Menoud with loving shots of the heavens and fields of flowers.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm not at all sure what I just watched. The concept of a pregnant young girl claiming to be a virgin should invite endless biblical parallels, but Godard seemed completely... Read morePublished 8 months ago by mr. contrarian
Great flick, one of godards best. Marine Rousseul is beautiful as Mary, as she takes on the role as a modern day virgin mother of Jesus Christ. Read morePublished 10 months ago by brian Jarrett
In Hail Mary(1985) Godard has stripped away a lot of the theology and the clothes of the Biblical story and set it in modern Geneva. Read morePublished 10 months ago by technoguy
A masterpiece by Godard, which only recently the public at large can see. The film was considered heresy in many predominantly catholic countries and never shown. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Doctor Moto
great items presented,,fabulous transaction, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED A++++Published 18 months ago by Alan Giangregorio
This is a great print but the film is a bit muddled -- Godard seems hypnotized Myriem Roussel though that's understandable. Read morePublished on October 30, 2013 by Michael Cohen
My copy of the New Yorker Video DVD release did NOT contain english subtitles, as the Amazon description and even the back cover of the disk stated. Read morePublished on February 12, 2013 by David Arnold
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