Weekend (Week End) (1967)
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French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard's Le Weekend remains his most consistently relentless attack on the bourgeois values of his own country and the perceived imperialism of the United States. Mireille Darc plays the central character, an "average" woman who is systematically radicalized during a weekend motor trip. No sooner have the woman and her husband (Jean Yanne) embarked on their journey than they become enmeshed in the mother of all traffic jams. The motorists rave, rant, burn, rape, murder,
Jan 1, 1967 Wide
Aug 23, 2005
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This apocalyptic farce-Alice in Wonderland as reconceived by the Marquis de Sade-would mark both the high point and the end of Godard's meteoric career as a popular artist.
The film must be seen, for its power, ambition, humor, and scenes of really astonishing beauty.
In the absurdist dark comedy, Western society never looked so sickening on film.
It's all meant to be a vicious takedown of middle-class life in the late 60s, but much of it is incomprehensible today. Still, if you want to see absolute anarchy portrayed on film, you'll do no better than Weekend.
an apocalyptic primal scream against the conformities and hypocrisies of the Americanized French bourgeoisie and one of the most lacerating and funny satires of car culture ever produced
A galvanizing tirade against consumer culture and a grand proclamation of the death of cinema, Jean-Luc Godard's still-revelatory Weekend returns to North American home video as one of the best Blu-rays of the year.
Uncompromisingly cynical and completely unforgiving, Week End is a satire so black, you couldn't see hope if it was dancing in front of your eyes carrying sparklers and singing La Marseillaise.
There is nothing predictable about Weekend; Godard uses the camera as a radical satirical tool, inserting it up the backside of a society he perceives as lost, constrained and confused. And so are we.
A film that reads itself, tells the viewer what that reading should be, and at the same time tells the viewer that this reading is inaccurate and should be ignored.
Visionary, insane, and barbarously funny; don't miss the chance to accept the challenge Weekend is still dying to make.
It's nice to have this superlatively nasty film on DVD in America, but what the hell is up with that corrected splice?
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