Film socialisme (2011)
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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.
Like all of his films, Film Socialisme is a conversation Godard has with us: inconclusive, bristling with half-thoughts, jokes and sudden revelations.
Since Mr. Godard continues to innovate the cinematic form and experiment with the digital format, it's just really jarring to see some of the backward ideas in this film.
'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.
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.
Coldly isolationist, random, and purposely impossible to follow.
Godard's best film in over a decade. The first 3rd is a totally staggering comment on modern day Europe and consumer society. The 2nd half is a bit rambling and simplistic but fascinating to experience. The last 3rd takes us back to the beginning with even more depth and soul. Wonderful to see such an ambitious piece of cinema from this master.
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