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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.
This isn't exactly a popcorn movie. I'm not sure it's even a movie, as much as an edgy art installation.
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?
This is Godard's most focused statement in years. Yet what he's saying is often leftist agitprop.
Those receptive to Godard's sense of humor will find "Film Socialisme" an elusive yet expansive provocation. Those less receptive will find it elusive, period.
This film is an affront. It is incoherent, maddening, deliberately opaque and heedless of the ways in which people watch movies.
As Godard shows again and again himself, History, like Hollywood, will churn out the same stories again and again when revenge cycle of "chosen peoples" go unvanquished.
I have to swallow my pride here and say that JLG lost me with Film Socialism.
As he becomes increasingly removed from society but with a sharpened gaze, Godard's painting grows ever more pertinent, exquisite and moving...
Like all of his films, Film Socialisme is a conversation Godard has with us: inconclusive, bristling with half-thoughts, jokes and sudden revelations.
Since Mr. Godard continues to innovate the cinematic form and experiment with the digital format, it's just really jarring to see some of the backward ideas in this film.
'No comment' is a shifter, referring back not only to this enigmatic, painful, off-putting, ravishing Film Socialisme-but to all the Godard films that preceded it.
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.
Coldly isolationist, random, and purposely impossible to follow.
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