Film socialisme (2011)
Legendary director Jean-Luc Godard returns to the screen with Film Socialisme, a magisterial essay on the decline of European Civilization. As a garish cruise ship travels the Mediterranean (with Patti Smith among its guests), Godard embarks on a state of the EU address in a vibrant collage of philosophical quotes, historical revelations and pure cinematographic beauty. -- (C) Kino
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Critic Reviews for Film socialisme
With its rich, layered storytelling, "Film Socialisme" is, in its broadest sense, about nothing less than the history, present and future of Western civilization, up to and including Internet videos of cats.
This isn't exactly a popcorn movie. I'm not sure it's even a movie, as much as an edgy art installation.
It makes a mockery of the star-rating system. How to judge a film on those terms when there's nothing to judge it against?
This is Godard's most focused statement in years. Yet what he's saying is often leftist agitprop.
Those receptive to Godard's sense of humor will find "Film Socialisme" an elusive yet expansive provocation. Those less receptive will find it elusive, period.
This film is an affront. It is incoherent, maddening, deliberately opaque and heedless of the ways in which people watch movies.
'No comment' is a shifter, referring back not only to this enigmatic, painful, off-putting, ravishing Film Socialisme-but to all the Godard films that preceded it.
Intriguing but puzzling head-scratcher on the decline of Western civilization.
The movie's critique of globalization ... is vast in scope, and the fragmented narrative is replete with allusions.
likely to be an unbearable experience for anyone other than for Godard himself and his most hardcore adherents
There's real beauty in the film, thanks to Godard's innate gifts for frame-composition and montage and his avid embrace of new ideas.
If you watch "Film Socialisme" with patience, good things are bound to happen.
I can hardly imagine a less marketable film, but that's part of the joy of watching this deliberately unwatchable thesis.
If Film Socialism is intended to be Godard's final coda, it's clear that he has a great deal left to say (even if most of us won't be able to understand what, exactly, it is that he's saying).
The cumulative effect of this plotless collage is bizarrely comforting and I totally know what JLG is on about (something to do with ownership, sovereignty and old Europe), not that he'd care if I didn't.
Even Godard's biggest fans are sure to struggle with his latest film, which would be pointless, pretentious and annoying even without the Navajo English subtitles, though it does throw up the (very) occasional good moment.
Video, digital and internet material are used as if to tell us once again that orthodox story-telling in the cinema is dead. Maybe it is as far as Godard is concerned, but you still regret the absence of it from this undeniably great film-maker.
To my mind the whole experience felt like trying to tune into a radio station and only hearing static.
In its wintry and valedictory way, the film returns us to the spirit of the 1960s, Godard's great heyday, when images and slogans really were believed capable of changing the world...
A docufiction on diverse subjects mixing untamed genius with occasional, violent yawniness.
Like beauty, meaning really is in the eye of the beholder here - just be warned that bringing a dictionary is unlikely to help you get to the bottom of this one.
Audience Reviews for Film socialisme
A frustrating, impenetrable film essay full of scenes that are either fragmented or dull, revolving around people on a cruise ship, a couple running for office in the French countryside, and side trips to Palestine, Egypt, etc... If young film punks made a mean-spirited, mocking parody of contemporary avant-garde film, the results would look a lot like this. You may well be sick and tired of the shallowness and bourgeois sensibilities of film capitalisme, but FILM SOCIALISME should convince you that things could be much worse.More
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