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One of Jean-Luc Godard's most provocative experiments, Hail Mary was picketed when it opened at Facets and other venues, and was condemned by Pope John Paul II for "deeply wounding the religious sentiments of believers". The episodic film depicts Joseph (Theirry Rode) as a cab driver and Mary (Myriem Roussel) as a teen basketball player. The latter is approached by a jet-setting angel, who informs her that she will soon bear God's son. Godard intercuts this modern reimagining of the New Testament story with a narrative involving an unfaithful science professor and images of the Swiss countryside. "No longer content with a materialist analysis of the state of the world, [Godard's] attempting here to film the intangible" (Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader). In French with English subtitles.

Jean-Luc Godard---France/Great Britain/Switzerland---1985---107 mins.