Who's In It: Catherine Tanvier, Christian Sinniger, Jean Marc Stehle, Patti Smith, Robert Maloubier, Alain Badiou
The Basics:Ce film ne semble aucun raisonnable. Je n'ai aucune idée ce qui était environ elle ou ce qu'elle essayait d'indiquer. Je suis presque tombé endormi toutes les 15 minutes. J'étais furieux que j'aie dû l'observer.
What's The Deal: If the above block of text was used as dialogue in this film, it would have a subtitle of "nonsense 15 asleep." No kidding, this film wasn't even fully translated into English (or any other language). There was an occasional smattering of subtitles that didn't give a true indication of what was going on, so poor little old American Grae was forced to rely on the image for some guidance. The only problem is, those were all rambling and incoherent too. Yes, I know director Jean-Luc Godard is one of the most famous and fascinating filmmakers still alive today. But this time, I felt like he was just messing with us. It's upsetting that I spent 90 minutes of my life wrestling with this movie to get absolutely nothing out of it, except a desire to take Godard's camera away and put him in a nursing home.
This Random Person On IMDB Got Something Out Of It: "A symphony in 3 movements. Things such as a Mediterranean cruise, numerous conversations, in numerous languages, between the passengers, almost all of whom are on holiday…Our Europe…Visits to 6 sites of true or false myths: Egypt, Palestine, Odessa, Hellas, Naples, and Barcelona." Impressive that someone squeezed that much out of this film, because I left thinking it might be about the relationship between the llama and donkey who kept showing up. In fact, I bet Godard himself wrote that summary.
A Modicum Of Respect: Godard is usually one of the first names that pops up when one is discussing how cinema began to be less about the novelty of seeing things move onscreen and more about what meaning could be drawn from subverting convention. Now we're kind of "been there done that" with movies, what's left to explore? So much work today is just a repackaging of something that's already been done, could this film be a legendary attempt to bust cinema free of its own chains? Is it such a groundbreaking work that it's ahead of its time? Perhaps. But I tried to sit back and just experience this film instead of analyze it or try and make it fit into my brain box, and all I got was frustrated. It meanders and lacked anything resembling a higher meaning to me. If that's what he was going for, mission accomplished. I gave this movie a star out of respect for an artist who is way, way smarter than I am.