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Notre Musique

Notre Musique (2004)



Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 55
Fresh: 37 | Rotten: 18

A dense, but thoughtful meditation about war by Jean-Luc Godard.


Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 20
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 6

A dense, but thoughtful meditation about war by Jean-Luc Godard.



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Legendary French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard once again poses a number of provocative questions about art, politics, and the nexus point between them in this drama in three acts, "Hell," "Purgatory," and "Paradise." After a collage of film clips illustrate a meditation on the nature of war and conflict in society, Godard introduces his central set piece, in which a group of authors, artists, and noted thinkers gather for a symposium taking place in the battle-scarred city of Sarajevo. Olga Brodsky

May 17, 2005


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Jean-Luc Godard's unfathomable influence on filmmaking has allowed him to enjoy a kind of grandfather clause in recent years.

September 26, 2005 Full Review Source: AV Club
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This film, which awakens your inner philosopher and encourages it to breathe, may not be an experience for everyone; if only it were.

May 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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There's plenty here to unpack, most of it regarding modern malaise, and the rewards are proportionate to the amount of work you want to put in.

April 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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Hardly a director alive possesses Godard's eye for dynamic, inner-lit old-masterly compositions.

February 24, 2005
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Jean-Luc Godard has had a tendency to be combative and obscure. He's a lot calmer and steadier in his latest feature.

January 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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A lumpy mix of real-life and fictional events that shows age hasn't diminished the famed filmmaker's zeal to experiment.

January 28, 2005 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Godard's montage is as deadly as ever and his palette is seemingly every camera shot that has ever been made.

May 5, 2010 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Godard establishes then subverts his clean, mirrored construction with an array of fascinating ideas that attempt to understand symbiotic but unequal relationships.

June 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

It's glorious. Musical. Amazing and lovely and smart and stylish and fascinating.

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

This intellectually scintillating think-piece from the eternally relevant Jean-Luc Godard finds Hell and Purgatory right here on our sorry, scorched earth.

August 29, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The 73 year-old enfant terrible can still take society to task for failing to recognise that it's our dualities that enrich life rather than any fanciful notions of global unity.

April 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Jean-Luc Godard returns with another of his extraordinary, heated, agitated essay films.

July 5, 2005 Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire

Godard attempts to paint modern Europe as Dante's various circles of Hell -- but one fears he has lost 90 percent of the audience in the first 10 minutes

May 30, 2005 Full Review Source:

Director Jean-Luc Godard, the enfant terrible of the French New Wave, is now in his mid-seventies, yet he's lost none of his desire to challenge an audience.

May 21, 2005 Full Review Source:

My review summed up in three parts: war is bad, nature is good, and Godard is senile. If this is our music, somebody needs to get a better soundtrack.

April 29, 2005 Full Review Source:

Marries a banal message with a directorial technique that's now more sclerotic than innovative.

April 26, 2005 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Too abstract and lacking in a moral compass to be going anywhere that was real.

April 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Fractured, dense, opaque and demanding in a way that few other filmmakers would dare to make it.

April 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Oregonian

An impenetrably ponderous, smarty-pants rumination on war (among other things), the very sort of film for which the term 'artsy-fartsy' was devised.

March 18, 2005 Full Review Source:

It's the first Godard film in years that hasn't made me want to rip out handfuls of my hair and then jump out a window. Does that count as a comeback?

March 5, 2005
Philadelphia Weekly

plays out as a series of dry pronouncements from intellectuals. But Godard has not lost his taste for experimentation.

March 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

Patience and curiosity help to reveal its heartfelt, hypnotic and richly poetic musings as serving as both a cry for help and an act of hope.

February 24, 2005
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Audience Reviews for Notre Musique

unfortunately this film is another example of godards style during this late part of his career over the past 30 years where he is sacrificing coherent story for stylistic elements, despite the fact that early in his career he was able to do both well. having said that, this is a much better example of this sort of filmmaking than godards 80's films. rather than a strait forward story this film plays out more like cultural and philosophical snap shots, and the flow of the film was helped out quite a bit by the influence of dante on the three act structure. i still miss godards dialogue and story telling mastery of the 1960's, but this is a great film for thinking through the world and nature of humanity.
March 9, 2010
danny d

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[font=Century Gothic]Jean-Luc Godard's "Notre Musique" consists of three parts. "Hell" is a ten-minute long prologue consisting of a montage of violent images from cinema and real life.(Very reminiscient of Chris Marker, by the way.) The main section of the movie, "Purgatory", takes place in Sarajevo(with a surprisingly large American Indian population) where an Israeli journalist, Olga(Sarah Adler), has just arrived. The third section is an epilogue, named "Paradise".[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Notre Musique" pretty much dispenses with any kind of character development or story and simply floats a whole bunch of free-floating ideas. The most intelligible of these involves those mentioned by Olga about Sarajevo being a possible model of peace(the notion that two very different groups of people can co-exist peacefully) for the Middle East. [/font]
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March 8, 2006
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

Godards, Notre Musique explores the Israel and Palestine conflict using Dante's Divine comedy to do so. Like Divine Comedy we go through three stages (Hell,Purgatory, and Heaven). In Hell Godard shows us five minutes worth of violence, mainly decapitation. In that opening scene there was no more then fifteen words of dialogue. The Purgatory chapter on the other hand was filled with dialogue. Don't come in here expecting anything entertaining, it's strictly art house, and offers nothing to keep you watching. But Godard wanted to give a message using late medieval/ early renaissance literature
July 23, 2012
Daniel Dolgin

Super Reviewer

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