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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 ›
We have 4 themes in this controversial film of 1985:1) the story of the Virgin Birth updated to modern times;2) that humans evolved from extra-terrestrials who seeded life here on earth; 3) the mystery of woman and human birth; 4)the nature of the soul and the body. The whole of nature is in concourse with the birth, the moon, the sun, the trees, water, quivering flowers, animals.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 14 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 15 months ago by brian Jarrett
great items presented,,fabulous transaction, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED A++++Published 24 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
Jean-Luc Godard's Hail Mary ('Je vous salue, Marie')has the distinction of being one of the most controversial films of the late 20th Century. Read morePublished on January 3, 2010 by Bryan A. Pfleeger