Vivre Sa Vie (or in English titled My Life to Live), is the tragic story on a woman's slow descent into prostitution and death. Directed by the legendary Jean-Luc Godard, he divides the film into 12 tableaux, very similar to a novel. The actress who plays the character of Nana is the beautiful and legendary Anna Karina who was Godard's current wife at the time. Vivre Sa Vie is one of Godard's most heartbreaking films about the social situation of women and their struggles in an unsympathetic world, as it became one of the most influential films of The French New Wave movement. When originally released Vivre Sa Vie wasn't as highly praised as Godard's earlier New Wave hit Breathless, but throughout the years it is now considered not only one of Godard's very best films, but his most studied and adored by fans and critics.
Godard's unique literary narration, creative camera shots and long philosophical dialog sequences between several of his characters closely resembles the style and techniques of director Quentin Tarantino, most famously with his film Pulp Fiction. For instance, Vivre sa Vie is set up as a literary narration separated by different chapters, which is a similar storytelling approach that Tarantino uses for his films. Nana's sporting her infamous ebony bob in the film is later worn by Uma Thurman's character Mia in Pulp Fiction and there's the classic jukebox dance sequence, which is reminiscent of Mia and Vincent's dance competition at Jack Rabbit Slims. In one of the greatest sequences in the film the character of Nana spends the last money she has on the viewing of Carl Dreyer's silent masterpiece The Passion of Joan of Arc. The audience witnesses Nana weep as she identifies with Joan, the teary eyed martyr on the movie screen, as Godard brilliantly captures and iconized the tragic art of the cinema, in a heartbreaking sequence without the use of words.