A Woman Is a Woman is one of the most unique comedies I’ve ever seen. It is Jean-Luc Godard’s first film in color and just the second one I’ve watched from his lengthy filmography. He was married to Anna Karina when the film came out and she is the main star. After watching Godard’s first film, Breathless, I had to see more so I followed it with this hilarious gem.
Angéla is a striptease artist who lives in France with her boyfriend, Émile. His best friend, Alfred claims that he is in love with Angéla. He pursues her consistently but respectfully for the most part. Angéla exclaims that she’s ready to have a baby, but Émile just isn’t ready. They argue over the matter and even take books from their shelves to describe how they feel about each other. Angéla has to decide how she will have a baby and who the dad will be.
Anna Karina is an absolute star in this film as Angéla. Brialy and Belmondo are pretty good as the men who chase her, but Karina adapts extremely well to whatever wild direction that Godard has going on. It’s a treat to watch and the scenes of Angéla and Émile picking books out are hilarious. I really like A Woman Is a Woman, mainly for the cinematography and direction by Raoul Coutard and Godard. They have a fucking great chemistry that has me wanting more again.