Film socialisme

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Godard continues to explore new modes of expression in Film Socialisme, an avant garde essay on societal decay that will resonate strongest among the already converted.



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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


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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.

    Jan 19, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • This isn't exactly a popcorn movie. I'm not sure it's even a movie, as much as an edgy art installation.

    Sep 1, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jul 8, 2011 | Rating: 3/5
  • 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...

    Jul 7, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Consign the filmmaker to history, and his film to the bin.

    Jul 7, 2011 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • 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?

    Jul 6, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    David Jenkins

    Time Out
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  • Jan 23, 2012
    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.
    Greg S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 01, 2011
    Jean-Luc Godard set out to craft an avante-garde cinematic essay on the decline of the European Union, and the result is an utterly impenetrable conglomeration of disjointed images and scattershot thoughts that never add up to anything. In FILM SOCIALISME, Godard's head is buried firmly up his ass. It's one of the worst films of the year.
    Matthew L Super Reviewer
  • Dec 08, 2010
    TORTURE wrapped in a pretty package. Godard's last film? The Christian Church may have a new convert. I submit this piece of pseudo-intellectual trash as the worst cinematic experience to ever come from France. Europe.
    Jonny B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 18, 2010
    Coldly isolationist, random, and purposely impossible to follow.
    Robert F Super Reviewer

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