A Woman is A Woman: A Lover’s Quarrel

Francis Gavin S. Musngi

A Woman is a Woman tells a story of a conflict between the sexes male and female. Angela planned to have a child with her boyfriend Emile, but Emile says otherwise, and provides him alternatives to her conundrum. Godard, the director of this film, tells this tale by creatively using out-of-this-world cinematography and acting choices to display this spectacle of when a woman doesn’t get what she wants. And when a woman really wants something, sometimes she needs to maneuver around her own problems. The film shows how much Angela and Emile stood their ground in the idea of birthing a child, and eventually found a resolution to their predicament – while showcasing interesting direction provided by Godard’s vision.

The tensions between the two, Emile and Angela, create a feeling of playfulness or light-heartedness as they tackle the idea of childbirth in their own ways. Emile tries to openly reject Angela’s advances – even suggesting one of his friends sire their child. While on the later scenes, Emile circles around in his bicycle and talks with Angela despite saying “no talking” in bed. This goes to show that even though he may be stern on his response, he feels a softness for his girl Angela – that even with differences between the couple, they still find time to love one another. Angela, on the other hand, tries to push her agenda forward with Emile, adamant with getting a baby from his lover. She tries things available to him, even “sleeping” with Emile’s close friend, just to get Emile to get her pregnant. All of which is shown in a dramatic and funny way – with friendly banter sprinkled throughout the film.

The film goes to show that indeed, “A woman is a woman,” in the way that they would be fixated to something they really want. The film goes to show the cleverness of the “woman” in a society that is depicted dominated by the opposite gender. Men tending the stores, bars, and other business, while women in the movies are depicted as the temptresses and mistresses shown in the strip club. It’s interesting to see that despite the gender divisions shown, the woman can wrap a man around her finger through her sharp wit and charm, depicting the battle between the sexes that resonated with that generation of people then. It’s an attempt to change the viewers perspective of women – to show that women are more than what they seem, and they are persons who go after what they want, no less than any other person.

What I enjoyed out of this film is the interactions between Angela and Emile, especially during the times when they share opposite reservations about the childbirth. The conversations regarding the pregnancy is what I would call, “cute,” as the playful cinematography alleviates the tense topic of one reject her lover’s will for bearing a child. Angela and Emile love each other, without a doubt, and this shown on how they interact and exchange words with one another. The conflict, despite it being very dramatic and something tense, becomes a play on who gets their way, and what it will take to get that.

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