Taking on an icon is never easy, especially when he’s an infamous recluse who calls your movie “a stupid, stupid idea”, but that just made Michel Hazanavicius’ latest project evermore viable. Stepping into the shoes of The Notorious JLG himself is Louis Garrel, a somewhat descendent of the Nouvelle Vague via father Philippe, he seems to be made for the role. Playing the late Anne Wiazemsky is Stacy Martin, the Anglo-Franco indie darling, who’s no stranger to arthouse cinema having starred in Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac.
Now entering the tumultuous times of 1960s Paris, the pair become famed couple Godard and Wiazemsky, breathing life into their old love story and delving deeper into the intricacies of the director’s newfound ideals. Seeking to not only revolutionise cinema, but society too, Monsieur Godard and his new actress wife embarked on a daring journey to their new project La Chinoise. And that’s where Michel Hazanavicius picks up, taking on Godardian traits within it, Redoubtable is half memoir and half New Wave nostalgia, but whatever you class it it’s a new unmissable movie. We caught up with it’s two stars, Louis Garrel and Stacy Martin, to unpack the ironic, funny and compassionate love letter to the father of the Nouvelle Vague…
What is it about Godard’s character that you think people are so enticed by?
Stacy: I think, personally, with someone like Godard he has done so much over so much time: he’s always changing the way he works and the way he views things. He always surprises up. People who have that sort of energy and that will to constantly push things further, even when they negate what they’ve already done, you want to know who they are. It’s those figures that you’re the most drawn to, even though you can understand their work, you never know what they’re going to do next. That unpredictability is intoxicating.