During the Algerian war for independence from France, a young Frenchman living in Geneva who belongs to a right-wing terrorist group and a young woman who belongs to a left-wing terrorist group meet and fall in love.
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Even more stunning & revolutionary than BREATHLESS. Political & existential issues have rarely been merged in cinema this powerfully. A quiet, deeply investigative film. Godard again spends much of his time assessing how to render conversational dynamics. Sharp singles, disorienting pans, an aesthetic interest in & pull towards Geneva landscapes, dissonance/atonality. To be on the wrong side of history: despair.
Saw this at the NuBev. <3 Karina is beautiful. Subor is a pitch-perfect Godard protagonist, wrestling with his own existential woes as much as the plot-based problems. The film is more straight-forward than some of Godard's other work but it relishes in the little moments. My favorite: Bruno asks Veronika to shake her hair back and forth and pays his friend $50, after betting that he wouldn't fall in love with her.
Definitely one of those films that need context in order to be understood. The unpolished look of Breathless worked and made it incredible. Here, it looks bad. In terms of the story, it is sometimes boring, and historical knowledge is important. But it seems as though Godard achieved what he wanted: a film that made people react, as evident by the fact that it was shelved for three years.
This film seems to confirm Godard's misogyny. The man is full of political ideals which he talks about in great detail. The woman looks at herself in the mirror. They're operatives working for the Left and the Right, who fall in love. Or at least he falls in love with the idea of her, since 'her' is an elusive term. He gets to be action man with guns and shooting and getting tortured. She combs her hair. contd.
Classic French cinema. Godard's second filmed feature was a foreshadowing of the challenging political work to come in its tale of a French deserter living in Geneva being manipulated by both sides in the Algerian conflict. Casting is excellent as is the cinematography and scripting that has a story to match the political agenda.
Here for Anna and Godard's compelling ads for cigarettes. Whenever I begin to smoke it'll be bc of him. His plots rarely interest me but from this one I was particularly distant. Would have rather had 90 min of only the photography scene. More irresistible advice ie when Bach/Mozart/Beethoven are best. More Anna fixing her hair. For Godard to talk to me thru his characters forever uninterrupted about art women & men.