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Une femme est une femme (A Woman Is a Woman) is a 1961 film by Jean-Luc Godard. It relates the story of a young woman named Angela Récamier (Anna Karina) who greatly wants to have a child and repeatedly requests so of her lover, Émile (Jean-Claude Braily). When he refuses to impregnate her and they begin a long fight, Angéla sleeps with Alfred (Jean-Paul Belmondo), Émile's best friend, out of spite and desperation.


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  • Lost in Translation: The final pun. In the end Émile says "Angéla, tu es infâme" ("Angela, you are horrid"), and she retorts, "Non, je suis une femme" ("No, I am a woman").
    • Woolseyism: The Criterion Collection DVD subtitles change the translation slightly to give us this: "Angela, damn you." "No, a dame, me."
  • Love Triangle: For Angela, Émile, and Alfred.
  • Meaningful Name: Alfred Lubitsch is, of course, named after Ernst Lubitsch.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Angela cheats on one of Émile with Alfred. Because she is une femme.


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