About two guys who act like they're in a gangster movie and a leading female who's in love with love. The idea is that both guys (Frank and Arthur) are in love with her. Frank is a romantic but doesn't know how to woo her, whereas Arthur can flirt easily but he doesn't seek a relationship (unlike Frank). And like most movies, the leading lady ends up with one of them.
[More like 4.5] I have to admit that the 'story' is not the strongest part of this movie, yet such consideration makes no difference in how moving this movie is. And how inventive: it can sometimes be a bit annoying, but I guess that is what Godard wanted. Characters are interesting and well placed in their attitudes, and the external narrator acts more as a guide between the layers of the movie.
Feels like a French love letter to American films and Paris but done in a documentary style. It is presented greatly but it is Anna Karina in the female lead that carries the film forward while the two leading men are no way as memorable. Blame it on Jean-Luc if the movie feel improvised, experimental or if things happened by fluke - it probably did.
Loved the dance scene. Loved the choreography in the café when they change seats. Loved the dog. Sound throughout was insufferably full of static. Entire film tedious, as Franz and Arthur are users and care nothing for how they are about to ruin Odile's life. Tiring to watch Odile manhandled by them. Wish she'd been like Jean Seberg in "Breathless" and called the cops.
>>> Septième long métrage de Jean-Luc Godard tourné sur le mode ludique et farfelu, en hommage prononcé au poète Raymond Queneau, qui procure un réel plaisir et permet d'appréhender avec plus de clarté et de compréhension la suite de l'œuvre du metteur en scène bien plus saumâtre, pour virer ensuite à l'ineptie prétentieuse... www.cinefiches.com
Godard blurs the lines between modernism and post-modernism, cinema and meta-cinema, cinema as a reference or cinema as a self-referential process. In Band of Outsiders he draws from American B-Gangster movies, and effectively rewrites the gangster movie a la nouvelle vague, for the simple tale of a money robbery by a trio of star crossed lovers.Anna Karina is a sweetheart and the ultimate muse of the French New Wave