Director Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) takes on the French New Wave and runs with it in style in Redoubtable.
Charting the brief relationship of the iconic Jean-Luc Godard and Anne Wiazemsky (following the filming of La Chinoise, their marriage, and the May 1968 riots in Paris) Hazanavicius gives his subject a thorough going over, liberally sprinkled with irony, humour and affection.
As Godard becomes more interested in politics he alienates his wife and his friends not to mention the public who preferred his zestful early films such as Breathless. He seems eager to reject his own oeuvres (eventually denouncing all of his cinema as “sh*t,” while espousing such ‘anarchic’ comics as Jerry Lewis and the Marx Brothers). With an almost unrecognisable Louis Garrel displaying a deft talent for comedy as JLG and Stacy Martin (from Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac) looking the part of his Sixties muse, Hazanavicius focuses on the inner turmoil of creative spirits.