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Oh, Woe Is Me

Oh, Woe Is Me

A Feature film by Jean-Luc Godard

Produced by Les Films Alain Sarde

Release in France : 08/09/1993

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Executive Producer :

Les Films Alain Sarde

Foreign production companies :

Vega Film, RTS - Radio Télévision Suisse

French distributors :

Wild Bunch Distribution, Pan-Européenne

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The film was inspired by a text by nineteenth-century Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi. Tracing humanity's slow and erratic evolution, Leopardi tried to express the anguish, concern and turmoil felt by the Creator in the face of relentless human misadventures.
The film also draws on the legend of Alcmene and Amphitryon (already dramatized by playrights like Plautus, Molière, Kliest and Giraudoux), illustrating God's desire to physically experience the truth of human desire, suffering and pleasure. This entails knowing how love begins, how it blossoms, how it leads to creation. Plus how it inhabits fingers, breast, cheeks and eyes, and why its eternal and powerful charm almost inevitably ends in quarrels, tears, bloodshed and war.
But what can a simple mortal offer God, especially if she refuses immortality ?

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Executive Producer :

Alain Sarde

Screenwriter :

Jean-Luc Godard

Sound recordists :

François Musy, Pierre-Alain Besse, Nicole Vidal

Costume designer :

Valérie Buck (de)

Assistant directors :

Frédéric Jardin, Agathe Grau, Natalie Engelstein

Directors of Photography :

Julien Hirsch, Caroline Champetier

Editor :

Jean-Luc Godard

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Feature film

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Psychological drama, Metaphysical investigation

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France, Switzerland

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Majority French (France, Switzerland)

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1 h 24 min

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Dolby A

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Festival Selections

Venice International Film Festival  - 1993

Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 1993)


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