Pierrot escapes his bourgeoisie existence by taking to the road with the babysitter, his ex-lover Marianne. Being pursued by foreign thugs, they embark on a haphazard crime spree through the French countryside all the way to the Mediterranean.
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There are moments of comedy, moments of tenderness, some musical numbers and a lot of cruising around in cars and walking in beautiful countryside and beside the sea. The locations are stunning, the music is eerily effective. And that's what i can describe for "Ferdinand Le Fou"
The ultimate litmus test, or the canary in the coal mine. When you look at Pierrot Le Fou and no longer see an incoherent jumble, but humor, sadness, rich detail, and a narrative style that makes sense, you're in too deep and can never turn back. Cherish what contact with your fellow man remains. In other news, what was striking about seeing this in a theater is, give or take a few sequences, just how fun it can be.
I don't think I completely understood it, but there's something about this film that I really liked quite a lot. The use of color (particularly red, yellow, blue, and white) is very stylish, and I hope to see more of that as I check out the rest of Godard's early work, as this is the first of his films I've seen.
“His gifts as a director are enormous. I just can’t take him very seriously as a thinker — and that’s where we seem to differ, because he does. His message is what he cares about these days, and, like most movie messages, it could be written on the head of a pin.”
There are so many ideas in this film, but not all of them worked for me (the confessionals). Maybe Godard was trying to match his irreverent style with the emotional aloofness of the characters, but it's not always as coherent as the party scene, for example. I'm still new at Godard, but it seems like falling for Karina is key to loving his work, and I haven't. Beautiful, colorful widescreen cinematography, though.
Just re-watched this film for the tenth and realize more than ever that being involved in film in any capacity is what I want to do. I am prepping my short film now and would love any input on my garage forum post. http://mubi.com/topics/11836
It's like Breathless but good. It's as snooty and pretentious as most of Godard's films but the pill goes down easy. The colors are sunny and warm and I've developed a deep crush on Anna Karina. Belmondo as always is effortlessly cool and skates through the film on endless charm.