Picks and Pans Review: Passion

updated 12/12/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/12/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

Jean-Luc Godard, the great French director, has often made movies rich with movie allusions—Breathless, Contempt and Weekend among them. The passion here is the passion of filmmaking. The story line focuses on the lack of a story line for a movie in the making. Hanna (La Nuit de Varennes) Schygulla plays herself—a German actress trying to make sense out of the chaos around her. She flirts with the director (Jerzy Radziwilowicz), a Polish émigré whose heart belongs to Solidarity. Isabelle (Coup de Torchon) Huppert plays a strange, stuttering factory girl who is having an affair with the same director. Why? Lots of questions are left unanswered, that one among them. If you don't stop to think about this film but enjoy the flow of images, it moves along nicely. Just don't try to explain it to your friends. (In French, with English subtitles) (No rating)

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