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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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.
Love, murder, war, alienation, theft and art told in Crayola colours and the whole contents of a child's toy box. The first film i've felt Godard was able get a fine balance between his desires to be philosophical, surreal and kitsch all at the same time.
I'm a sucker for the New Wave - the playfulness, inventiveness, liveliness, even the revolutionary politics and quasi-philosophical ramblings - and Pierrot le Fou is a passionate and funny masterpiece of French cinematic style.