Directed by Jean Luc Godard
Nana works in a record shop but dreams of being an actress. Having split up with her husband, she drifts into the life of a Parisian prostitute. Her world is a mixture of torment and joy as she struggles to make something of her life. In the end, she finds that it is not her life to live after all....
Nana is played by the delightful Anna Karina, Godard’s wife at the time. The director and his subject work very well together. Nana is a beautifully inspired creation, like an artist’s portrait of his beloved wife (an analogy which Godard uses very powerfully in one segment of the film).
The slightly off the wall humour, the unrefined editing, the surprising and shocking ending – all the traits that marked out a New Wave film are here in force. But above that, Vivre sa vie has a poetic fluence and easily understood expressions that make this a truly memorable and worthy film.
Anna Karina dancing in Godard's "Vivre Sa Vie"
...and Crystal Castles!