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A dense, but thoughtful meditation about war by Jean-Luc Godard.

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Movie Info

In this three-part experimental film, director Jean-Luc Godard explores violence, media and morality. In the first segment, "Hell," actual battle footage from various world conflicts is intercut with scenes from war films. Next, in "Purgatory," journalists Judith (Sarah Adler) and Olga (Nade Dieu) travel to Sarajevo for a lecture featuring renowned poets, writers and Godard himself. In "Heaven," the final piece, Olga strolls by an isolated lake inexplicably occupied by the U.S. military.

Cast & Crew

Sarah Adler
Judith Lerner
Nade Dieu
Olga Brodsky
Rony Kramer
Ramos Garcia
Simon Eine
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Anne-Marie Miéville
Art Direction
Julien Hirsch
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Julien Hirsch
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Jean-Paul Battaggia
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Critic Reviews for Notre Musique

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (40) | Rotten (17)

  • The 73 year-old enfant terrible can still take society to task for failing to recognise that it's our dualities that enrich life rather than any fanciful notions of global unity.

    April 1, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Jean-Luc Godard's unfathomable influence on filmmaking has allowed him to enjoy a kind of grandfather clause in recent years.

    September 26, 2005

    Keith Phipps

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  • Director Jean-Luc Godard, the enfant terrible of the French New Wave, is now in his mid-seventies, yet he's lost none of his desire to challenge an audience.

    May 21, 2005 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Tom Dawson

    BBC.com
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  • This film, which awakens your inner philosopher and encourages it to breathe, may not be an experience for everyone; if only it were.

    May 20, 2005 | Full Review…
  • There's plenty here to unpack, most of it regarding modern malaise, and the rewards are proportionate to the amount of work you want to put in.

    April 28, 2005 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • Hardly a director alive possesses Godard's eye for dynamic, inner-lit old-masterly compositions.

    February 24, 2005 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for Notre Musique

  • Jun 06, 2013
    Godard's semi documentary has many interesting elements but it's inability to come up with a cohesive whole ultimately leaves the viewer wanting.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 23, 2012
    Godards, Notre Musique explores the Israel and Palestine conflict using Dante's Divine comedy to do so. Like Divine Comedy we go through three stages (Hell,Purgatory, and Heaven). In Hell Godard shows us five minutes worth of violence, mainly decapitation. In that opening scene there was no more then fifteen words of dialogue. The Purgatory chapter on the other hand was filled with dialogue. Don't come in here expecting anything entertaining, it's strictly art house, and offers nothing to keep you watching. But Godard wanted to give a message using late medieval/ early renaissance literature
    Daniel D Super Reviewer
  • Mar 09, 2010
    unfortunately this film is another example of godards style during this late part of his career over the past 30 years where he is sacrificing coherent story for stylistic elements, despite the fact that early in his career he was able to do both well. having said that, this is a much better example of this sort of filmmaking than godards 80's films. rather than a strait forward story this film plays out more like cultural and philosophical snap shots, and the flow of the film was helped out quite a bit by the influence of dante on the three act structure. i still miss godards dialogue and story telling mastery of the 1960's, but this is a great film for thinking through the world and nature of humanity.
    danny d Super Reviewer
  • Mar 08, 2006
    [font=Century Gothic]Jean-Luc Godard's "Notre Musique" consists of three parts. "Hell" is a ten-minute long prologue consisting of a montage of violent images from cinema and real life.(Very reminiscient of Chris Marker, by the way.) The main section of the movie, "Purgatory", takes place in Sarajevo(with a surprisingly large American Indian population) where an Israeli journalist, Olga(Sarah Adler), has just arrived. The third section is an epilogue, named "Paradise".[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"Notre Musique" pretty much dispenses with any kind of character development or story and simply floats a whole bunch of free-floating ideas. The most intelligible of these involves those mentioned by Olga about Sarajevo being a possible model of peace(the notion that two very different groups of people can co-exist peacefully) for the Middle East. [/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font]
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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