The movie “A woman Is a Woman” is by far the most bizarre movie that I have watched in recent years. Sudden starts and cuts to background music, the dialogue between the characters, and the plot all contributed to the uniqueness of this movie. As bizarre as the movie was however, it sent across several socio-political messages to the audience which were a pleasant surprise amidst the spectrum of colors, and music.
Angela, the female character who works as an exotic dancer at what seems to be a 60’s strip club, desires to bear a child with her lover Emile. Emile however, is not as keen on the idea of being a father as he feels that he isn’t quite ready to take on the responsibilities. Angela is depicted as a character with great conviction and the capabilities to push through with her decisions, which is something quite outstanding given the sociopolitical atmosphere of the 1960s in France. The growing conflict of interest serves as the basis of the plot; at one point they decide to stop communication with one another and instead point to the titles of the books for their means of communication. This was one of the more interesting parts of the film for a couple of reasons. Firstly it reminded me of Chaplin’s silent comedies where he uses various settings and environments to communicate and get across to the audience. The second reason is a little more political, for it sent the message that Knowledge was Power. In the silent argument between the couple, Angela was able to continue communicating her anger across to Emile through the titles of her collection of novels. It not only deepened her character as a witty and clever woman, but also an empowering figure of the feminist movement in the 1960s in France.
The second element that I really enjoyed identifying in the film was Angela’s inquisitive characteristics. She questioned everything around her from the existence of herself to inequality (“why is it always women that suffer?“). This set the broader theme of the movie for me, while the film was labeled as a comedy, it certainly sent across the message of the need to question the status quo of not just regarding one’s individual identity, but also the social injustices and inequalities that were present in those times.
Mischief was the third element which contributed to the weirdness of this film. Unlike the social norms of the 60s in France, Angela was quite the mischievous individual. Her actions were often comedic and motives were at times hard to understand. This element may be connected to her inquisitive characteristics as she decides to defy the norms of society and push the boundaries of what is accepted as normal. As the conflict between Emile intensifies, Angela resorts to an alternative reason to achieve what she desires – to sleep with Emile’s best friend, Alfred. While infidelity is not necessarily an important component in bringing equality within out societies, it showed that women were also capable of pushing through with their convictions. It was truly an interesting turn of events as it
reminded me that not all people’s priorities were aligned and that some people would simply to whatever is required to get something done.