My Life to Live (It's My Life) (Vivre sa vie: Film en douze tableaux)
My Life to Live (It's My Life) (Vivre sa vie: Film en douze tableaux) (1962)

Director Jean-Luc Godard tries to remain objective in My Life to Live, but shucks, that's his wife Anna Karina in the leading role. Karina plays a pragmatic Parisian sales clerk who briefly entertains the notion of becoming an actress.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 20, 1962
DVD Release Date: August 11, 1998
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Godard frames and edits his shots, moves the camera, uses music, and deploys his actors in ways that still seem radical -- even as several generations of directors since have cribbed and stolen from him.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

This 1962 film isn't the most stimulating of Godard's early work, but it does show him beginning to pull away from traditional cutting patterns and sequence arrangement.

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Fernando F. Croce

At once severe and incandescent, rigorously distanced yet close enough to touch the lenses

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Variety Staff

Godard mixes titles, unusual use of sound, and long scenes of dialog. He is brilliantly served by his wife, Anna Karina, in this film. Karina gives the girl a ring of truth and depth.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

Twelve Brechtian tableaux chronicle the life and death of a whore, starting out as a documentary on prostitution, ending as a Monogram B movie.

Dan Jardine

To Live Her Life is, to this very early point in his career, Godard's crowning achievement.

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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice

Star Anna Karina was in the brutal early rounds of marriage to her director, who was never more doting and egghead-condescending than in this showpiece.

Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Mr. Godard is a bold experimenter, but it's time he picked himself a stronger theme.

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Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

truly exhilarating

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Ken Stachnik's a little out there...but then again what do you expect from a Godard movie?<br/><br/>Kudos to the machine gun jump cuts and the… More
Michael Gildea
I watched about 6 Godard movies in a week's time a few years ago, so they kind of blur. However I remember liking this one...
Michael S
Out of all the films by Jean-Luc Godard I've seen so far, "VIVRE SA VIE" is one of the best, and undoubtedly the most accessible. Anna Karina… More
Eric Broome
This tale of a reluctant prostitute is surprisingly emotional and affecting, given the rest of Godard's catalog. Anna Karina's melancholy beauty in… More
danny d
the list of actresses that are so polarizing on screen that you cant take your eyes off of them is short, but anna karina belongs on the short list with stars… More
Mike T.
This heartbreaking, intimately expressive piece of art graced me with one of the best theatrical experiences I'm likely to have. Instead of studying a… More