Movie Monday: A Woman Is a Woman 1961
Anna Karina, the muse of Jean-Luc Godard as well as my own personal style icon, sweetens the screen in this rather twisted romantic comedy. Who else but Ms. Karina could successfully appear as an naive strip-tease artist in 1960's France? With every bat of her eyelashes, it's no surprise that her character, Angela, is used to getting her own way.
What Angela desperately wants is to be a mother. She persistantly drives her boyfriend, Emile, crazy with her constant begging for a child. "I want a baby. By tomorrow" In the heat of an argument, she threatens to go to Emile's friend Alfred for a baby, and goodness knows Alfred would be up for it. He spends his afternoons waiting for Angela to leave work so he can follow her around and profess his love for her. Some friend he is to Emile, eh?
Without thinking she would actually go through with an affair with Alfred, even for the sake of conceiving a child, Emile agrees to Angela's preposterous idea. And what d'ya know? Angela decides to meet Alfred for a date.
While out with Alfred, it becomes clear to Angela that what she really wants more than a baby, is to be back with her boyfriend. But is it too late?
This movie is not for the prude, to be sure. There are themes of sexual exploration as well as brief nudity. But even with such an odd plot and its quirky 1960's experimental soundtrack, I found A Woman Is a Woman to be lots of fun, giggle inducing, and definitely inspiring visually. I'd say it's definitely worth a watch or two! (…or three, or four if you get distracted and forget to follow along with the subtitles!)