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Film socialisme (2011)



Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 6

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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

Jan 10, 2012


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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.

January 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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This isn't exactly a popcorn movie. I'm not sure it's even a movie, as much as an edgy art installation.

September 1, 2011 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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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?

July 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
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This is Godard's most focused statement in years. Yet what he's saying is often leftist agitprop.

June 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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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.

June 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Comment (1)
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This film is an affront. It is incoherent, maddening, deliberately opaque and heedless of the ways in which people watch movies.

June 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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'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.

July 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

Intriguing but puzzling head-scratcher on the decline of Western civilization.

February 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The movie's critique of globalization ... is vast in scope, and the fragmented narrative is replete with allusions.

February 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

likely to be an unbearable experience for anyone other than for Godard himself and his most hardcore adherents

January 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Writer
Cinema Writer

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.

October 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Oregonian

If you watch "Film Socialisme" with patience, good things are bound to happen.

September 29, 2011 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

I can hardly imagine a less marketable film, but that's part of the joy of watching this deliberately unwatchable thesis.

August 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

Quickly avant-gardes itself right into incomprehensibility.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune

Many people leave. We stay end. Not sure why.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

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).

July 13, 2011 Full Review Source:

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.

July 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

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.

July 9, 2011 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

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.

July 8, 2011 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Unimaginable tedium.

July 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Independent

To my mind the whole experience felt like trying to tune into a radio station and only hearing static.

July 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

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...

July 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian

A docufiction on diverse subjects mixing untamed genius with occasional, violent yawniness.

July 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

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.

July 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Film4

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.
January 23, 2012
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Coldly isolationist, random, and purposely impossible to follow.
August 18, 2010

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