(3,5 / 5) Extrêmement daté sur certains plans (le rythme, la diction, la mode, les chansons) mais toujours pertinent sur d'autres aspects (psychologiques, sociologiques, politiques), le film témoigne en tout cas de l'incertitude ambiante précédant les événements de 68. L'étrange trio J-P Léaud / Marlène Jobert / Chantal Goya (assez convaincante) ne manque pas de charme et le second degré godardien fonctionne souvent.
J'ai beau chercher depuis longtemps, je ne comprends pas pourquoi on considère Godard comme un grand cinéaste. Et ce n'est pas ce film-là (même s'il est un peu plus frais que d'autres) qui me fera changer d'avis. A part une volonté systématique de choquer le bourgeois et d'étaler sa (pauvre) culture, je ne vois rien à signaler.
It's such an icon of its time and yet I can't help but feel (perhaps rather pessimistically, although this film struck me as much more sympathetic and honest than pessimistic) that the characters are my own contemporaries, coming of age in the 21st century, Marx and Coca-Cola giving way to weed, Tinder, and rainbow advertisements.
Godard's films are almost always mixed bags, but they are audacious and have a feel all their own. The best aspect of this film is the blending of fact and fiction-for example the real interview with the pop singer of the day. I wrote "we are the children of Marx and Coca-Cola" all over my school. No one got it.
Godard's women are beautiful, but cold & shallow. I've never seen anyone comb & fuss with their hair as much as the women in this film comb & fuss with their hair. Jean-Pierre Léaud is lovable, even if Paul's political rants just feel like Godard going off. The scene in which Paul goes into the projection booth to complain about the aspect ratio & the idea that they want to make a film or live in one is genius.
2-3. This is a hard rating for me, because this film is jam-packed with intriguing ideas and it's edited and aestheticized in a really intriguing way. However, the issues I think were present with Breathless seem more prominent here. Because the cast is larger, there seems like less room for individual character to emerge, and there's even less of a plot. Aesthetic and ideas can't carry a film on their own.