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She Lives Her Life – Official Trailer by Mark Thimijan

Official Trailer for the independent movie She Lives Her Life. A modern day updated version of Jean-Luc Godard’s 1962 film Vivre Sa Vie.

The movie is told in 12 chapters as we follow Betsy through a series of relationships and encounters, by day she works at a pawn shop, by night she lives her life.

Vivre sa vie : film en douze tableaux is a 1962 French film directed by Jean-Luc Godard. The title means “To Live Her Life: A Film in Twelve Scenes”, but in the English-speaking world it was released as My Life to Live (North America) The film stars Anna Karina, as Nana, a beautiful Parisian in her early twenties who deliberately leaves her husband and her infant son hoping to become an actress. Without money, beyond what she earns as a shopgirl, and unable to enter acting, she elects to earn better money as a prostitute. Soon she has a pimp, Raoul, who after an unspecified period agrees to sell Nana to another pimp. During the exchange the pimps argue and in a gun battle Nana is killed.

Godard introduces other idiosyncrasies to focus the viewer’s attention. One of the film’s original sources is a study of contemporary prostitution, Où en est la prostitution by Marcel Sacotte, an examining magistrate. Released shortly after Cahiers du cinéma (the film magazine for which Godard occasionally wrote) published an issue devoted to Bertolt Brecht and his theory of epic theatre. Vivre sa vie uses several alienation effects: twelve intertitles appear before the film’s ‘chapters’ explaining what will happen next; jump cuts disrupt the editing flow; characters are shot from behind when they are talking; they are strongly backlit; they talk directly to the camera; the statistical results derived from official questionnaires are given in a voice-over; and so on.

The film also draws from the writings of Montaigne, Baudelaire, Zola and Edgar Allan Poe, to the cinema of Robert Bresson, Jean Renoir and Carl Dreyer. And Jean Douchet, the French critic, has written that Godard’s film ‘ would have been impossible without Street of Shame, Kenji Mizoguchi’s last and most sublime film.’Nana gets into an earnest discussion with a philosopher (played by Brice Parain, Godard’s former philosophy tutor), about the limits of speech and written language. In the next scene, as if to illustrate this point, the sound track ceases and the images are overlaid by Godard’s personal narration. This formal playfulness is typical of the way in which the director was working with sound and vision during this period.

The film depicts the consumerist culture of Godard’s Paris; a shiny new world of cinemas, coffee bars, neon-lit pool halls, pop records, photographs, wall posters, pin-ups, pinball machines, juke boxes, foreign cars, the latest hairstyles, typewriters, advertising, gangsters and Americana. It also features allusions to popular culture; for example, the scene where a melancholy young man walks into a cafe, puts on a juke box disc, and then sits down to listen. The unnamed actor is in fact the well known singer-songwriter Jean Ferrat, who is performing his own hit tune “Ma Môme” on the track that he has just selected.

Nana’s bobbed haircut replicates that made famous by Louise Brooks in the 1928 film Pandora’s Box, where the doomed heroine also falls into a life of prostitution and violent death. In one sequence we are shown a queue outside a Paris cinema waiting to see Jules et Jim, the new wave film directed by François Truffaut.

WRITTEN BY MARK THIMIJAN AND KARIS YANIKE
MUSIC BY JACOB GARDNER
DIRECTED BY MARK THIMIJAN
BETSY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .KARIS YANIKE
PAUL . . . . . . . . . . . . . .JON R. PORTREY
FISHING GUY . . . . . . . . . . PETE LIPINS
TENANT. . . . . . . . . . CHAD HAUFSCHILD
LES . . . .CHRISTOPHER MICHAEL O’NEIL
MOVIEGOER . . . . DOROTHY BOOREAM
MOVIE DATE . . . . . . . . BENJAMIN HIKE
GIRL WITH ZIT . . . . . . . . . JODI BAGLEY
BOYFRIEND . . . . .MICHAEL CRAWFORD
BAR DATE . . . . . . . . . . . . . DANIEL KING
ROBBER . . . . WALTER J. MCDOWELL III
RON STONER . . . . . . . . . MARK BOOKER
SECURITY. . . . . . . . . . . . . .JEFF HOOVER
HANNAH. . . . . . RACHELLE BROUILLARD
NOONER. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ROB BURT
TRENT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . NATE WEISS
PAWN SHOP CUST . MICHAEL THIMIJAN
PAWN SHOP CUST . . . KRISTEN NUGENT
POOL HUSTLER . . . . . . . . SHAUN VETICK
POOL DUDE 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PHIL
POOL DUDE 2 . . . . . . .JASON MARTINEZ
BARKEEP . . . . . . . . . . . . . RYAN GLANTZ
KATRINA ADAMS
TANK MATTISON
ASIAN SENSATION NELSON
BRANDON CURE
JUSTIN HANDA
JENNIFER HOOK
SIERRA
CALEB “BIG” JOHNSON
NATE LUEDERS
GENA OLSON
CLINT AYCOIN
LEA MARLOW
AMY BARCEL
KRISTINE STYER
RANDY STACY
NATHAN CHRISTENSEN
STROM
MOSES
DILLY
JUSTIN D. CROW
LYNN BROCKMAN
PHILOSOPHER . . . . . . . . MARK THIMIJAN
OLD FLAME . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ERIC MOYER

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