Hélas Pour Moi

Hélas Pour Moi

Gérard Depardieu
Director: Jean-Luc Godard Cast: Gérard Depardieu
Gérard Depardieu
, Laurence Masliah
Laurence Masliah
, Bernard Verley
Bernard Verley
Jean-Luc Godard

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Overview

Hélas pour moi is the story of journalist Abraham Klimt (Bernard Verley)'s investigation of a case of divine possession. In 1989 God enters the body of filmmaker Simon Donnadieu (Gérard Depardieu). When Simon returns home, his wife Rachel (Laurence Masliah) realizes something is amiss but sticks by her newly divine husband. As in much of his later work Jean-Luc Godard uses a team of cinematographers to create breathtaking images. The theology-filled dialogue makes frequent references to light and illumination, which are in turn reflected in the sun-suffused images. Light comes bouncing off Lake Geneva or streams in from widows behind the characters who stand in shadowy interiors. Multiple narrators provide differing views of the same events, and an intricate web of flashbacks creates an almost impenetrably knotty chronology. Meanwhile, title screens periodically interrupt the action, and the characters introduce lengthy digressions on philosophical, literary and spiritual questions. The result is a beautiful but extremely difficult film, even for those familiar with Godard. This film drew strong protests from the Catholic Church.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/18/2019
UPC: 0738329238452
Original Release: 1993
Rating: NR
Source: Kino Classics
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:23:00
Sales rank: 59,400

Special Features

Audio commentary by film critic Samm Deighan; Trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gérard Depardieu Simon Donnadieu
Laurence Masliah Rachel Donnadieu
Bernard Verley Abraham Klimt
Aude Amiot Actor
Jean-Louis Loca Actor
Jean-Pierre Miquel The Other Pastor
Anny Romand The Pastor's Wife
Roland Blanche The Teacher
Marc Betton The Doctor
Benjamin Kraatz Actor
Delphine Quentin Actor
Fabienne Chaudat Actor
François Germond Actor

Technical Credits
Jean-Luc Godard Director,Screenwriter
Pierre-Alain Besse Sound/Sound Designer
Caroline Champetier Cinematographer
François Musy Sound/Sound Designer
Nathalie Vidal Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hélas Pour Moi
1. Book One [8:25]
2. By The Trace Of God [12:54]
3. Book Two [6:12]
4. Book Three [5:06]
5. Book Four [10:27]
6. Book Five [11:22]
7. A Vast Mistake [6:17]
8. Phantom Matter [7:04]
9. Loved For Nothing [9:48]
10. Cast The First Stone [5:52]

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