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sauve qui peut

Sauve qui peut (la vie)

Sauve qui peut (la vie) is a film directed, co-written and co-produced by Jean-Luc Godard, which premiered at Cannes Film Festival in 1980.

The film stars Jacques Dutronc, Isabelle Huppert, and Nathalie Baye. Music is by Gabriel Yared. It was filmed in Switzerland.

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.

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