Notre Musique (2004)
Critic Reviews for Notre Musique
Jean-Luc Godard's unfathomable influence on filmmaking has allowed him to enjoy a kind of grandfather clause in recent years.
This film, which awakens your inner philosopher and encourages it to breathe, may not be an experience for everyone; if only it were.
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.
Hardly a director alive possesses Godard's eye for dynamic, inner-lit old-masterly compositions.
Jean-Luc Godard has had a tendency to be combative and obscure. He's a lot calmer and steadier in his latest feature.
Audience Reviews for Notre Musique
Godard's semi documentary has many interesting elements but it's inability to come up with a cohesive whole ultimately leaves the viewer wanting.
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
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.
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