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Michel Hazanavicius

Only Michel Hazanavicius, the man behind The Artist and James Bond spoof OSS 117, would be bold enough to think he can get away with making a fairly light-hearted bio-pic about the iconic cinematic giant that is Jean-Luc Godard.

"Only Michel Hazanavicius... would be bold enough..."

Redoubtable is centred around Godard’s brief marriage to actress Anne Wiazemsky, whose autobiographical work Un An Après (One Year Later) was the source material for the script. Wiazemsky (played here by Nymphomaniac’s Stacy Martin) married Godard when he was 37 and she was 19. Divided into chapters, and largely set in the critical year (for the couple and for France) of 1968, the film traces their difficult relationship during the production of the film La Chinoise, until they split after collaborating on his radical Vent d’Est in 1970.

Garrel takes on the role with aplomb, channelling Godard’s physical mannerisms but also capturing a man struggling with self-doubt, age and political conflict. Martin on the other hand, conveys a sense of girlish innocence which is quickly replaced with steely intelligence as her relationship with the filmmaker evolves.