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  • Actors: Isabelle Huppert, Jacques Dutronc, Nathalie Baye, Roland Amstutz, Cécile Tanner
  • Directors: Jean-Luc Godard
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Jan. 2006
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AQVIL
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,794 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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After spending the 1970s experimenting with video, groundbreaking director Jean-Luc Godard returned to commerical film production with this movie about three people whose lives are all at a turning point: a country girl turned city prostitute (Isabelle Huppert), a city woman who moves to the country (Nathalie Baye), and a washed-up television director falling into despair (Jacques Dutronc). The film exhibits such familiar Godard traits as the attentiveness to the rhythm and textures of city life and the innovative approach to sound, while also introducing a radical new slow motion technique and a concern with landscape not witnessed in any of his previous works.

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By hj on 6 Jun. 2006
Format: DVD
Jacques Dutronc is violently estranged from his wife & daughter and becoming violently estranged from his girlfriend Nathalie Baye who wants to quit the city & live in the country. Isabelle Huppert is a prostitute suffering from her pimps yet acting as pimp for her own kid sister. The paths of these characters cross: Dutronc spends a night with prostitute Huppert who later, by coincidence, turns up to take the departing Baye's apartment.

Conventional wisdom has it that all of Godard's 60s films are great and that he flipped out in 68 & took a decade to make a comeback, his later films being unpopular, difficult & often exasperating. However, it may be time to reassess some of these later films, especially the two initial "comeback" films Slow Motion & Passion. DVD might be the ideal format since such films work better with repeat viewings & Slow Motion (1980) is an amazingly dense, complex film - almost every scene is full of visual & audio innovation, most obviously in the use of slow motion & stop-motion to make striking images of everyday actions (Baye riding a bicycle) & acts of violence (to very different effect than Peckinpah, Tarantino et al).

The main idea behind Slow Motion is that under late capitalism all relations - work, sexual, family - are violent power relations, epitomised by the relation of prostitute to client & pimp. It's a crude idea that runs through many Godard films. Slow Motion represents all this as absurd parody & one clue to the movie is that it was a collaboration with Jean-Claude Carriere, who wrote screenplays for Bunuel. But Bunuel's tone was always that of sophisticated wit, whereas Slow Motion is so black it ceases to be comedy in any conventional sense.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By R de Bulat TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 April 2007
Format: DVD
This film has had good reviews unlike some for other Godard films. This, like so many Godard films is more like a novel, where the narrative moves from one part of the whole to another with the story gradually coming together towards the end. Most films carry the story in a more linear fashion making them universally understandable, but this is not Godard's way.

Additionally, the film is shocking in its depiction of male female relationships, especially in relation to the treatment of the character of the prostitute, and here lies a curious thing. The male lead has a difficult and barely restrained relationship with his ex-wife and daughter, and shows signs of becoming increasingly violent with his girlfriend who wants to leave the city, asking him to commit himself to leaving the city or her. But, in a brief encounter with the prostitute, he treats her with something like tenderness, unlike all the other men she encounters in the film. The prostitute explains to her sister, who wants to join her in prostitution, that it is not the acts she will be asked to commit, but the fact that all of her encounters will involve men who seek only to degrade her. This point is reinforced powerfully in a scene where she is involved in a complicated sex game that demonstrates a bizarre exercise in power. This, and other depictions of women, have led to criticisms about Godard mysogeny, but I wonder if he is being a profound, if sceptical, observer of male female relationships that fail on most levels to become anything approaching the sort of behaviour we idealise and emphatically believe in.

It is as if Godard uses the vehicle of filmmaking to demonstrate the fakery both of film as a medium and human relationships as an ideal; yet he evidently loves both.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By technoguy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Jun. 2009
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It's funny that the English title is' Slow Motion' rather than `Everyman for themselves' as in America. So you get to a description of one of the film techniques rather than a description of the subject. We get the use of slow-motion to analyze and abstract the action. By slowing things down: we are seeing not just what is there, but seeing if there is something to see, the emotion, the reality behind things, space becomes time and vice-versa.. Godard has been through his experimental,avant-garde period which was highly politicised and about ideas. Now the experimentation works in harness with communication and people. There is also the juxtaposition of sound and image, selection of musical soundtrack,the playing of music at intervals in bursts; people hear it but are unsure where it's coming from. Godard is able to subtract the shot as a unit from the flow of the narrative or a sequence and mine it for peripheral detail-a kind of post-modern surrealism. There is the use of subtitles, viz :-1)Life,(The Imaginary),2) Fear,3) Trade and 4) Music, as he utilizes a formal,4-part ordering of the narration.

There is the tension he establishes between soundtrack and image. He has returned to mainstream narrative but using a free-form commentary, eg Marguerite Duras is quoted on the radio or he quotes from Rimbaud. His film is full of self-questioning(art, society,memory and identity). This complex,playful film reinvents tradition. The film is clearly the autobiographical sketch of Godard's own life that's just gone. There is the TV and video director Paul Godard, separated from his wife and daughter, arguing with his friend(Baye),who wants to leave. He is at his tether's end, is picked up by a prostitute,Isabel(Huppert)..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
one of the great films of all time! 21 Jun. 2013
By anonymous - Published on Amazon.com
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from the first scene to the last, this is just an amazing piece of cinema and work of art. Godard's use of sound is mesmerizing and the slow motion footage is just stunning. its a massage of all the senses, and so sophisticated and subtle at the same time. so far ahead of its time, people are just starting to steal from it now. very little in the last decade can compare to this. must have, must see. unforgettable to say the least!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
great great movie, + Region 1 ?? 9 Feb. 2009
By anonymous - Published on Amazon.com
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Hi, if you've seen this movie, you know how powerful it is. I saw this at Facets in Chicago in when it came out in the early 80's and its stayed with me ever since.
If you haven't seen it, and love Godard or just love great cinema. do yourself a favor and check it out.
for those interested I know where Region 1 boots of this movie are available. they 're pretty sweet.
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