Baye won her first César, for best supporting artist, in 1981 for her role in the film.
The film represents a return, of sorts, for Godard to cinema after almost a decade of work in video. It continues many of the themes dominant in Godard's work, including prostitution (Huppert's character) and the director's relentless self-questioning, "What does it mean for me to make a movie?" (Dutronc plays a burned out video film-maker named "Godard.") As with much of Godard's work, the film does not follow a conventional narrative, although many viewers would find this film more accessible than some of his later work.
The film is available in the UK on DVD encoded for Region 2 and issued under the title Slow Motion, a reference to one of the film's most compelling aspects, a periodic slowing down of the action to a frame by frame advancement.