Hail Mary 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… Hail Mary 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…
DVD Review

Hail Mary (2006)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Oct 10, 2006; DVD Release Date: Oct 10, 2006; Movie Rated: Unrated; With: Thierry Rode and Myriem Roussel

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.

Originally posted Sep 29, 2006 Published in issue #900 Oct 06, 2006 Order article reprints
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