Sauve qui peut (la vie), which was released as Slow Motion in the UK, and as Every Man for Himself in the U.S., is a film directed, co-written and co-produced by Jean-Luc Godard, which premiered at the 1980 Cannes Film Festival. The film stars Jacques Dutronc, Isabelle Huppert, and Nathalie Baye, and the score is by Gabriel Yared. It was filmed in Switzerland.
Baye won her first César, for best supporting artist, in 1981 for her role in the film. The film had 620,147 admissions in France. Film critic Vincent Canby, writing in The New York Times, described the film effusively as "stunning," "beautiful," and "brilliant".
The film represents a return, of sorts, for Godard to cinema after almost a decade of work in video. It continues many of the themes dominant in Godard's work, including prostitution (Huppert's character) and the director's relentless self-questioning, "What does it mean for me to make a movie?"; Dutronc plays a burned out video film-maker named "Godard". As with much of Godard's work, the film does not follow a conventional narrative, although many viewers would find this film more accessible than some of his later work.
The film is available in the UK on DVD