Living Together

  • Greek Title H ζωή μας μαζί
  • English Title Living Together
  • Original Title Vivre ensemble
  • Year: 1973
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Country: France
  • Duration: 92'
  • Director / Scriptwriter: Anna Karina
  • Cinematography: Claude Agostini
  • Editing: Andrée Choty, Françoise Collin
  • Music / Score: Claude Engel
  • Sound: Maurice Gilbert
  • Cast: Anna Karina, Michel Lancelot, Monique Morelli, Viviane Blassel, Bob Asklöf, Jean Aurel
  • Production: Raska Productions
  • Co-production: Société Nouvelle de Cinématographie (SNC)
  • Color: Color
  • Audio: Sound
  • Language: French
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66 : 1
  • Format: 16mm
  • Subtitles: Greek
  • Restoration: SNC, Anna Karina
  • Print Source: SND - Groupe M6

Κarina's debut feature is a typically seventies, "liberated" love story, structured in a prologue and seven chapters which its "total" auteur called "tableaux": a term coined by Jean- Luc Godard for their 12-part masterpiece My Life to Live. A carefree, romantic comedy veering to existential drama, Vivre ensemble jumps back and forth from post -new wave Paris to New York in turmoil. It depicts the shattering of a couple's romantic illusion that their unconventional lifestyle could be transformed into "a work of art". Everyday reality catches up and the dynamics of the relationship of Alain- a professor- and Julie -an unemployed actress ?- changes drastically. In the last act Alain, who was immersed in their crazy love affair like a potential suicide, is lost. A little like the filmmaker who jumped into her small, personal, low-budget movie as an act of liberation from her godardian mythologies and ended up with a tribute to François Truffaut. It took her 35 years to make another film.

- Nikos Savvatis

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