Sauve qui peut (la vie) (Every Man for Himself). 1980. Switzerland/Austria/France/West Germany. Directed by Jean-Luc Godard. In French; English subtitles. 87 min.
After spending much of the 1970s on the radical fringes of filmmaking, Godard returned to the “commercial” cinema—as represented by stars, a story, and ravishing 35mm images—with this challenging triptych filmed in an antiseptic, industrial Switzerland. The problems of a married couple in collapse (Nathalie Baye and Jacques Dutronc) are intertwined with the experiences of a country girl (Isabelle Huppert) who has come to the big city to practice that most Godardian of professions, prostitution. Courtesy The Film Desk.