Directed by Jean-Luc Godard • 1985 • France
Starring Myriem Roussel, Thierry Rode, Philippe Lacoste
Denounced by the Pope and banned and boycotted worldwide, this surprisingly serene and lyrical work translates the virgin birth into tangible contemporary terms, with Mary as a basketball-playing teenage gas-station attendant who receives the Annunciation by jetliner. Following a warning from an angel, a confused and innocent Mary unexpectedly becomes pregnant and is forced to wed her taxi-driving boyfriend, Joseph. He, in turn, must love his virgin bride from a distance, revering her without touching her. Forced to face a shocking reality, Mary and Joseph must struggle to cope as the provocative theme unfolds. HAIL MARY is a sensational and bold work from master director Jean-Luc Godard.