The old fart is very derivative of himself: Another ritzy cartoon, all abruption and no empathy… Godard says without saying, “being in love is like being thrown in the can.” There’s lots of slaps, gunfights under chandeliers, quotes from Proverbs and arguments in the nude. Like always, Godard’s girl steals the heart of the hero only to later pull the rug out from under him.
Godard deconstructs Bizet's opera and reconstructs as, at various points, a Bonnie-and-Clyde tale of lovers on the lam, a madcap comedy, a chamber piece, a modern urban romance, a courtroom drama and, finally, a tragedy. Godard plays a delightful parody of himself. Funny, sexy, and relatively accessible. Like much of Godard's later work, it's very much a film about its own construction.