Weekend

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Jean-Luc Godard fixes his considerable ire against French society and the broader human condition in the morbidly funny Weekend, an abstract road trip to damnation that finds the enfant terrible in peak form.

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Jean-Luc Godard's scathing late-sixties satire is one of cinema's great anarchic works. Determined to collect an inheritance from a dying relative, a petit-bourgeois couple travel across the French countryside while civilization crashes and burns around them. Featuring a justly famous centerpiece single take of an endless traffic jam, Weekend is a surreally funny and deeply disturbing expression of social oblivion that ended the first phase of Godard's career - and, according to the credits, cinema itself.

Cast

Jean Yanne
as Roland
Yzes Alfonso
as Gros Poncet
Blandine Jeanson
as Emily Bronte
Virginie Vignon
as Marie-Madeleine
Juliet Berto
as Girl in Car Crash/Mcmber of FLSO
Yves Beneyton
as Member of FLSO
Daniel Pommereulle
as Joseph Balsamo
Yves Afonso
as Tom Thumb
Yves Alfonso
as Gros Poncet
Juliette Berto
as Girl in Car Crash/Member of FLSO
Anne Wiazemsky
as Girl in Farmyard/Member of FLSO
Jean Eustache
as Hitchhiker
Georges Staquet
as Tractor Driver
Laszlo Szabo
as The Arab Speaking for His Black Brother
Michel Cournot
as Man from Farmyard
Mons. Jojot
as Monsieur Jojot (uncredited)
Isabelle Pons
as (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Weekend

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (1)

Audience Reviews for Weekend

  • Jul 06, 2016
    Sheer cinematic anarchy. Easy to admire, but hard to love.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 01, 2013
    A bourgeois husband and wife plan a delightful weekend during which they plan to kill their relatives for inheritance. 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.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Nov 28, 2012
    A cruel bourgeois couple take a weekend to travel to see the wife's dying father in hopes of grabbing his inheritance, but traffic patterns, civilization, and reality all break down during their journey. Jean-Luc Godard's satire in the style of Luis Bunuel mixes exhilarating ideas (the unexplained car wrecks everywhere give a sense of society collapsing) with pedantic ones (dated Marxist lectures on colonialism); it's all "very Sixites." You could see it either as Godard's last accessible film, or his first inaccessible one.
    Greg S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 04, 2011
    First off I am not a big fan of Godard. I think Godard is really talented and groundbreaking,especially with the style and visuals of his films. What he does that bothers me is he is too political, too preachy and relies on shocking the audience too much, and that is what's wrong with Weekend. The story never really makes any sense, people are being raped and murdered everywhere and their is no explanation. There is an amazing tracking shot of a car slowly weaving through traffic as chaos reigns all around, really this scene should be shown in all film school. Sadly there is another scene where a garbage man rants about politics in America for 10 minutes, it's dated and a waste of time. I thought there was no story or direction, just moments, some good, some bad. I know it's a surrealist film,but it is dated and is kinda a mess. Overall not a film I would revisit, but glad I watched some of it.
    cody f Super Reviewer

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