Le Petit Soldat may be one of Godard’s first films in a career that spans multiple decades, but it already expresses his special brand of cynicism. “I’m too old to play an active role,” Bruno says, conveying a weariness that contradicts his youth and bravado. For a man verbalizing poetic bombs like “The secret war mixed men and ideas at a deadly pace,” Bruno is surprisingly passive.
Glenn Heath Jr.
July 17, 2013