A symphony in three movements: passengers circle one another in a Mediterranean cruise; a sister and her brother in the French countryside demand explanations from their parents; and an essay-tour of six sites of myth—Egypt, Palestine, Odessa, Hellas, Naples and Barcelona.
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I love Godard but I really wasn't expecting to like this after reading all the negative reviews/comments. I watched it today though and was riveted from start to finish. I'm not going to pretend I understood it, but the marriage of visuals with language, sound and occasional music made this surprisingly easy to watch for me and I honestly can't wait to see it again. Don't try to "get" it, just enjoy the experience.
A great examination about the end of Europe, his failure to connect with the « others », the dead of language, and the power of digital film and the paquebot to testify all that. Some of the most striking images of the century. Barely comprehensible (but relatively « accessible »), but essential for any late Godard's fan.
Honestly, I don't even try to understand all of Godard's political ramblings. Socialism, Communism, Maoism, ism, ism, ism. I just love the images, the color, the composition, the jagged flow that comes together so perfectly.We could praise or criticize Godard endlessly; I am just glad he's still around, making pictures.
Jean-Luc Godard set out to craft an avante-garde cinematic essay on the decline of the European Union, and the result is an utterly impenetrable conglomeration of disjointed images and scattershot thoughts that never add up to anything. In FILM SOCIALISME, Godard's head is buried firmly up his ass. It's one of the worst films of the year.