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Vivre sa vie: film en douze tableaux (translated title My Life to Live: A Film in Twelve Scenes) is a 1962 film by Jean-Luc Godard.

Anna Karina plays Nana, a young Parisian woman who leaves her unhappy marriage to pursue her dreams of being an actress, but turns to prostitution to support herself. She meets several clients as well as philosophers and in the end she is murdered by her pimp during his shootout with the other gangsters.


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  • Author Filibuster: The film includes a report on the state of prostition in early '60s France. Godard quotes many figures.
  • Downer Ending: Nana is murdered in the last scene.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Played with, as Nana is not especially kind-hearted.
  • Meaningful Name: Nana was a famous French XIX-century courtesan.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Nana crosses it when she is evicted from her rented room so she has nowhere to live. She turns to prostitution as a result.


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