2.5 I understand Godard is one of the most important directors (and that's why I keep watching his films), but still I don't like his pretentious way of making cinema. The photography is fascinatingly polished at times, but the substance is so overthought that it won't make me see this movie again.
3 things I know about Godard. 1. Fear of women. Women as objects. Her hair, her arms, and her knees. 2. Fear of emotion. See #1. He blankets everything in intellect and metaphor. 3. Fear of reality. See #2. There isn't a single real moment in any of his films. You always know it's a film because he tells you. Doesn't mean I don't enjoy his films. I get my thrills above the waistline, sunshine.
I'm sure there's a powerful message against consumerism and war hidden between the endless construction shots and ramblings about language but i couldn't remain interested enough to absorb it. At its best the film works as eyecandy, at its worst... well, godard had a sick ass american flag shirt to show at least.
Condamnation du gouvernement français et du grand capital qui fait construire de vastes ensembles dont les habitants sont obligés de se prostituer aux Américains revenus du Vietnam, et qui distribue une culture bon marché, assimilée de façon fragmentaire, dans le bruit des marteaux-piqueurs, des moteurs et des percolateurs qui empêchent toute communication ... www.cinefiches.com
Undoubtedly, the film is full of references that makes it very rich and thoughtful, the imagery is really powerful. The critique to rampant capitalism works very well. However, sometimes it seems that the author just wants to show the public how clever he is, which, I think, distorts his own message, making it a bit empty and superficial.
is it great story telling ? no is it interesting in terms of experimental film ..widening the prospect of what film is ? yes ..what I like about godard is that he throws everything in ..like whitman making a tallying list of things, a catalogue of real things in the world ... ..
"Since every event changes my daily life since i always fail to communicate, to understand love and be loved, and every failure deepens my solitude. Since i cannot escape the objectivity crushing me, nor the subjectivity expelling me, since i cannot rise to a state of being, nor collapse into nothingness. I have to listen, more than ever i have to look around me. At the world, my fellow creature, my brother."
50 ans plus tard, "2 ou 3 choses que je sais d'elle" sonne comme une tentative d'analyse ethnographique d'un monde qui se transforme : banlieue, moeurs, famille. La magie des couleurs, cadrages, décalages, dialogues abscons fonctionne toujours, tant ils restent rares. Sur le fond, le film sonne plus comme une oeuvre résignée, un passage à la maturité et au désenchantement où rien ne vient sublimer la démonstration.