I’m at a loss about my feelings toward this film.
I found it at the same time interesting and going nowhere.
Scenes that make me reflect until i find myself wondering how much of this film i have left.
The ideas, the rage against modern society reminded me of Bunuel only the comparison did not bode well for Godard’s film.
Still, it’s impact I cannot deny, it’s got me thinking and I wonder how it must have been to see this film when it first came out.
The film is very engaging in the way it attacks you, it dares you and it requires you to think . Add to this its pace and though it’s not long (~100 minutes) it feels heavy and wants to make you sweat. The funny thing is I found myself smiling during some scenes.
This microcosm in which the film exists is used by Godard to portray his vision of the impending self-annihilation of mankind on a smaller-but much more effective- scale than your typical apocalyptic movie. The question that arises is, “What is the cause of this fate? Where did it all go wrong?” I think Godard would like us to realize that it hasn’t gone wrong-it’s just the natural path of our kind. He wants to show us that we have reached the end. The end of the film, cinema, mankind. And it’s our very nature of being that led us here.
It makes me think, how should I feel about the violence shown and suggested? Should I be disgusted, is it something that should be removed from our way of life? Should it feel as something natural, just a facet of our animalic consciousness? Is there even an answer to this question? Of course in the 21st century our sensitivity to violence is greatly diminished. Or is it? We say it is because we can watch tons of gore, perversity and such in films and not flinch. But 1000 years ago it was (and still is) common for teenagers to go to war and slaughter each other. Is the notion of violence inexorably tied to human beings? Is it vital? I wish I knew.