Denounced by Pope John Paul II and banned and boycotted around the world, this beautifully serene and lyrical work translates the Virgin Birth into tangible contemporary terms.
Marie (Myriem Roussel) is a beautiful yet ordinary Swiss teenager who vows to maintain her chastity until marriage. Following a warning from an angel of what is to come, a confused and innocent Marie unexpectedly finds herself to be pregnant and is forced to wed her taxi-driving boyfriend Joseph (Thierry Rode). He, in turn, must love his virgin bride from a distance, revering her without touching her. Forced to face a shocking reality, Marie and Joseph must struggle to cope as the provocative theme unfolds.
Je vous salue, Marie / Hail Mary, a sensational and bold work from French master director Jean-Luc Godard, led to a global uproar of protest and controversy. Beyond the headlines, Je vous salue, Marie proves to be a cinematic poem of almost overpowering beauty.
Juliette Binoche auditioned for the lead role in the film and although Godard choose Myriem Roussel for the role he was impressed by Binoche and created the small role of Joseph's spurned would-be lover for her.
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French trailer (Juliette Binoche does not appear)
US restoration trailer (Juliette Binoche does not appear)
Juliette Binoche talks about Je vous salue, Marie