- 1 hr 28 min
Passion is a 1982 French film directed by Jean-Luc Godard, starring Isabelle Huppert, Hanna Schygulla, and Michel Piccoli. The movie is a critique of capitalism and power dynamics within the workplace and society. The film follows an advertising executive named Isabelle (Huppert), who finds herself in a power struggle with her boss (Piccoli) over a new advertising campaign for a perfume. Isabelle and her colleague (Schygulla) pitch different ideas to their boss, who ultimately goes with Isabelle's idea. However, Isabelle's success is short-lived as her boss takes credit for the idea and puts his name on the campaign. This leads Isabelle down a path of revenge and manipulation as she tries to regain control of the campaign and assert her power in the workplace. The movie is shot in a non-linear style, with scenes jumping back and forth in time and space. This, combined with Godard's use of bright colors, lighting, and unique camera angles, creates a visually stunning and dynamic film. The use of music is also notable, as the film incorporates a diverse range of musical genres and styles, from classical music to punk rock. Throughout the film, Godard also explores themes of gender, sexuality, and power dynamics. Isabelle, as a woman in a male-dominated workplace, is constantly fighting to be taken seriously and recognized for her talents. This struggle is further complicated by her relationships with her colleagues, particularly her female colleague, who she both admires and competes with. The film also takes a critical look at the capitalist system, with characters frequently discussing the importance of money and success. Overall, Passion is a complex and thought-provoking film that requires multiple viewings to fully appreciate. Its themes and style have had a significant influence on the world of cinema and continue to resonate with audiences today.