Notre Musique (2004)

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

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Legendary French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard once again poses a number of provocative questions about art, politics, and the nexus point between them in this drama in three acts, "Hell," "Purgatory," and "Paradise." After a collage-style meditation on the nature of war and conflict in society, Godard introduces his central set piece, in which a group of authors, artists, and noted thinkers gather for a symposium taking place in the battle-scarred city of Sarajevo. Olga Brodsky (Nade Dieu), a journalist who is French and Jewish by birth and Israeli by choice, has come to discuss the conflict between her adopted nation and Palestine with the many notables in attendance. As Olga discusses issues of conflict, identity, and culture, one of the participants, Jean-Luc Godard, posits the notion that it's the essential differences of all the peoples of the world, rather than their similarities, which are at the root of our world. Notre Musique was screened at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.
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NR
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Art House & International , Documentary , Drama , Special Interest
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Box Office:
$33,201.00
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Critic Reviews for Notre Musique

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (20)

Jean-Luc Godard's unfathomable influence on filmmaking has allowed him to enjoy a kind of grandfather clause in recent years.

September 25, 2005
AV Club
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | May 19, 2005
Washington Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 28, 2005
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Hardly a director alive possesses Godard's eye for dynamic, inner-lit old-masterly compositions.

February 24, 2005
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Jean-Luc Godard has had a tendency to be combative and obscure. He's a lot calmer and steadier in his latest feature.

Full Review… | January 28, 2005
Chicago Reader
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A lumpy mix of real-life and fictional events that shows age hasn't diminished the famed filmmaker's zeal to experiment.

Full Review… | January 28, 2005
San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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 Dolgin
Daniel Dolgin

Super Reviewer

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
danny d

Super Reviewer

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