Being a graduating Economics Major at the University, I had never taken a film class in all my years of schooling. Having cousins who are local film directors, triggered my curiosity in the beauty of the entertainment industry that we all seem to love so much. Despite my lack of knowledge in the subject, I opted to enroll in a class that I believed would further give me the capacity to truly understand the value of entertainment.
Godard’s A Woman is a Woman was relatively an interesting choice to begin the semester. It tells the story of Angela and her partner, Emile. The conflict of the characters begins when Angela decides that she wants to have a child, while Emile does not want to be a father yet. From this point forward, never-ending love quarrels would erupt as the two main characters were very firm on the choices they’ve made regarding the topic. As desperate as she was, Angela would even begin to have an odd relationship with Alfred, Emile’s best friend. Despite the gravity of the issue in their loving relationship, the two seemed to have remained in love with one another as they continued to live together.
Although the issues seemed to be quite sensitive, Godard was able to present it in an unusual, yet funny way. As the film, A Woman is a Woman was released in the 1960s, the type of comedy presented appeared to be quite different. I’m honestly not sure if that had something to do with the age of the film or the foreign cultural background that I have not been accustomed to yet. The silliness of the characters was quite entertaining. The way the two would argue in their flat, about having a baby was very immature in a sense. Instead of sitting down and a having a mature conversation, Emile would often hop on his bike in their dining room to avoid the topic. Angela, on the other hand, would continuously beg Emile to help her make a baby. In a very silly way, Emile would even go around his block looking for someone else to father Angela’s baby. This sense of comedy was quite enjoyable to the audience as it was not boring and dull.
The film felt like it was quite raw but also creative. The playfulness of the audio and visuals for a movie that was produced in the 1960s was sometimes confusing but still quite enjoyable and fun. The way the directors paused the music at the beginning of the film while Angela would sing the lyrics, rattled much of us, who were watching. For a moment, I was not sure if it had something to do with the lack of technology during the production. As the movie went on, it seemed like it was also just a means for the Godard to continue to be playful in the production of the film. I also found it quite interesting that the characters would speak to the camera as if they were addressing and creating a bond between the audience and themselves.
Towards the end of the film, A Woman is a Woman tried to make the audience depict whether it was actually a comedy or a tragedy. The movie proved to be very light and different in a sense when I found myself not really getting affected when Angela had sexual relations with Alfred. As someone who enjoys watching romantic flicks, it was quite interesting that I felt very indifferent about the situation, where I would normally be frustrated at certain characters. Although I was very indifferent about the situation, I still felt like I could somehow relate to the characters. Despite their odd relationship, the two seemed to understand that they would always end up with one another. This version of love seems to be quite evident in the youth today.
As I don’t usually watch European films, A Woman is a Woman seems to have been a very interesting choice to start of the semester as it invokes unique and different emotions to its viewers than what I was used to when watching other movies. Godard’s confidence in taking risks seems to have paid off as the movie seemed to be quite a success. I am looking forward to watching other European films and seeing if they too can present something that is new to me.