Hail Mary

Starring: Thierry Rode, Myriem Roussel; Director: Jean-Luc Godard; Author: Jean-Luc Godard; Runtime (in minutes): 107; MPAA Rating: Unrated

Jean-Luc Godard’s imagining of the Virgin Mary as an often-naked gas-station attendant and Joseph as a petulant, nattily dressed cabbie unsurprisingly displeased the devout and Pope John Paul II, who denounced it. Controversy aside, this muddy meditation is filmically stimulating, but rarely moving.

A making-of, and a sweet companion short (about a girl struggling with her parents’ divorce) from Godard collaborator Anne-Marie Miéville; it makes you wish she’d also directed Hail Mary.

Originally posted September 29 2006 — 12:00 AM EDT

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