Vivre Sa Vie is a tough film to process, but definitely worth anyone’s time. It is the third Jean-Luc Godard directed film that I’ve ever seen and definitely my favorite. There’s a lot to unpack within this well structured, but entirely unique plot. It’s centered around one character, but the world that spins around her is unforgiving and abrupt.
Nana is a young girl who dreams of becoming an actress, so she moves away from home to see what she can do. She quickly realizes how difficult it is so she gets a job working as a shopgirl. As time goes on and Nana isn’t making enough money to survive, she meets a man named Raoul, who introduces her to the world of prostitution. Nana is torn as her dreams seem to never fully come true.
Vivre Sa Vie is broken up into twelve episodes that all need to be there. I could’ve watch way more because Anna Karina is a fucking star as Nana and the cinematography is out of this world. Raoul Cotard and Godard were incredible at just shooting a conversation. This is a devastating piece of filmmaking that definitely makes me understand all of the praise directed towards Godard.