Tim Purtell
September 29, 2006 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Hail Mary

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
107 minutes
performer
Thierry Rode, Myriem Roussel
director
Jean-Luc Godard
author
Jean-Luc Godard

We gave it a B-

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.

EXTRAS
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.

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