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Adieu au langage (Goodbye to Language) (2014)

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Critic Consensus: As visually thrilling as it is inscrutable, Goodbye to Language 3D offers a late-period masterpiece from a legendary director still very much in control of his craft.

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The only film to get a round of applause mid-screening at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Prix du Jury), the 3D marvel Goodbye to Language alights on doubt and despair with the greatest freedom and joy. The idea is simple, in its way: a stray dog wanders from town to country, and over the course of some seasons observes a married woman and a single man as they meet, love, argue and fight. Or perhaps it's the audience viewing one couple, or two couples, or an alternate version of the same couple. At 83, Godard works as a truly independent filmmaker, unencumbered by all concerns beyond the immediate: to create a work that embodies his own state of being in relation to time, light, color, and cinema itself. The artist's beloved dog Roxy is the de facto "star" of this film, which is as impossible to summarize as a poem by Wallace Stevens or a Messiaen quartet. This might be a farewell to words - but it's a warm welcome to the legendary director into the world of 3D, in which it must be seen and experienced to fully appreciate Godard's wondrous use of the technology. (C) Kino Lorber

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Critic Reviews for Adieu au langage (Goodbye to Language)

All Critics (73) | Top Critics (28)

I'm attaching four stars more out of helplessness than critical acumen, by the way; if the film is beyond language, it's certainly beyond a traditional rating system.

March 19, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
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Throughout this enigmatic film's short running time, I couldn't for the life of me make out what Godard was trying to say.

March 19, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A film that's stuffed with language, its title notwithstanding.

January 29, 2015 | Full Review…

Anyone interested in the possibilities of the moviegoing experience - what can happen in a dark theater - owes it to themselves to say hello to "Goodbye to Language."

January 22, 2015 | Full Review…

At 84, Godard is still looking for new ways to express himself, though he thinks it harder than ever to achieve meaningful interpersonal communication in the information age.

January 16, 2015 | Full Review…

Jean-Luc Godard is the acknowledged mascot, if not master, of intellectual cinema. In "Goodbye to Language 3D" the 84-year-old auteur... reprises his longstanding suspicion that words are worthless.

January 16, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Adieu au langage (Goodbye to Language)

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It is interesting to see Godard break further away from the rules of cinematic language and make us take part in the brainstorming process inside his head, but after a while the experience becomes more and more excruciating, like the work of a pretentious philosopher.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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No traceable storyline. No visual wonder. No redeeming value (well, save for a cool 3D camera trick that is also kind of painful). The fact that this appears on the very top of some critics' Top 10 lists brings attention to the proneness of idiocy and pretentiousness in subjective film criticism that is aimed towards self-indulgence and egoism rather than legitimacy and honesty. Easily the worst film of 2014.

Sheldon Chau
Sheldon Chau

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