The French avant-garde nouvelle-vague precursor to Pulp Fiction, though instead of Vincent Vega and Mia Wallace, we get Pumpkin and Honey Bunny. While I'm sure it tickled the funny bones of radical French youth and American Godard groupies, it is too engrossed with the zeitgeist to provide a meaningful message...like Pulp Fiction. Best watched after consuming your recreational drug of choice...like Pulp Fiction.
Surreal, concise, and poignant. The film goes qucikly through its narrative trusting the viewer to capture the intricacies and references whether they be of the time or universal. The film clips along and progressively grows more into its surrealism, each step logical in the moment. The dialogue remains a key piece. This methodology all aids in its innovation as a masterpiece of one of the best directors of all time.
"So let this be a warning: You probably won't like "Pierrot le Fou." One of Godard's films, seen by itself, can be a frustrating and puzzling experience. But when you begin to get into his universe, when you've seen a lot of Godard, you find yourself liking him more and more. One day something clicks..." Roger Ebert. Truth is you either get Godard or you do not. If you do not...that's just sad.
Pierrot the Fool, Crazy Pete, Pierrot Goes Wild all fit the bill. Goddard's Easter egg-filled work disallows me to claim I totally get what he's doing, but this one is fun, and so scathing, and the ending is so perfect. It's entirely brash, effervescent, beautifully shot and framed, vivid. As Slant's Eric Henderson says, Goddard "pit[s] insurgency against insouciance, foreboding against frivolity."
I watch films very closely, but when they still don't make sense at the end like this one, I feel like an idiot. Perhaps it's best appreciated as a sporadic collection of feelings and musings, not a compelling narrative? But even that felt flat to me. Maybe because I've seen that style of film improved upon by other examples before viewing this one. I feel troubled that I didn't enjoy this film.
Purposely breaks a lot of the "rules" of film and traditional cinema. That DOES make it an interesting watch in many ways. The colors and lighting are offbeat and intriguing, as well as the off-kilter narrative which is all over the place. I would say its highly dated at this point, but its a nice look into french filmmaking for the period.
i like Godard, i like that his characters shine mirrors on one another. i feel something when i watch his films and it is a feeling of shedding, a question can help peel back the layers. as if they ask in each scene ask who am i? it's an infinite search. i think all lovers should question each other.
I think there is a lot in here often disguised as humour but I think Godard makes fun of capitalism, consumerism, everything American, American cinema, love, relationships, love making you blind, the futility of war, the Vietnam war, on and on and on all wrapped in beautiful scenery, cinematography and colour.