The story is about a bourgeoisie parisian couple trying to get to Oinville in order to hear a will on the weekend. What we find out throughout the film is that it is set in dystopian future, where the French Revolution and Communism prevail. While everyone spouts fraternal love and the prevailing proletariat. There is mercy, love, friendship or even sense of society, it's just a breakdown.
The lush countryside is spotted while horrific traffic accidents, bloody bodies lying everywhere. People cannibalize, murder and beat up others over trivial things. The thought was great, but the action carried out in this film falls short. I do think this film gave Godard the enfant terrible moniker and was a brave attempt to try something different. It was a learning curve that helped Godard grow as a director, without it, we might never have been blessed with his future masterpieces.
All in all, between the traffic scene (15mins) and aimless killing with shock factor and the bizarre film denouement. I thought is was worth a one time film viewing and left my stomach in knots. It is a haunting film that will have a place in the pantheon in the history of cinema.
During the 60s he and Truffaut and others turned the medium of film on its head.
This is is most challenging work of that period.
Made around the time of the Paris riots of that same year Godard flat out attacks everything in this film .
The heart of the film is of course the glorious tracking shot of the traffic jam which is packed full of funny and sometimes disturbing imagery .
If youy want to view the works of Godard start with A bout De Souffle or a Band Apart if you want to jump headlong into his visions then start with this although you may be left wondering what the hell you have just seen
Eric Braysmith said, "What's interesting about this film is the many ways you hate it." I'm more blunt: fuck this movie. Fuck this movie backwards, sideways, and with that knife-dildo from Seven. Like most of Godard's work, this film defies understanding, and anyone who fully understands it is already inculcated in the film's politics and intellectual community and consequently doesn't need to watch it. Everyone else is left confused. A condemnation of bourgeois ideology, the accessible parts of the film are heavy-handed, and the inaccessible parts wreak of pretentious self-gratification.
Overall, Jean-Luc Godard, whom I've long despised, can finally go fuck himself.