Numéro deux (Number Two) (1975)




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Numéro Deux marks the high point of co-directors Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Miéville's experimentation with video. They present a set of scenes from the everyday interactions of a working class family. The body of the film was initially shot on video, then played back on monitors and filmed in 35 millimeter. The screen often shows two scenes being played back on two different monitors, each split into two video images. The filmmakers used this technique to invent a new form of editing that juxtaposes images presented at the same time instead of one after another as in traditional editing. Like most of Miéville and Godard's early collaborations Numéro Deux examines the relationship between love, work, sex, gender and representation. In addition Numéro deux presents a fascinating philosophical investigation of the status of children in modern life. ~ Louis Schwartz, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Numéro deux (Number Two)

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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Numero Deux, which is technically stunning, offers no answers, only paradoxes, but in those paradoxes there exists the possibility of increased self-awareness.

Full Review… | January 15, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

In many respects, this is a film about reverse angles and all that they imply; it forms one of Godard's richest and most disturbing meditations on social reality.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It's intelligent, often brilliant, and sometimes technically groundbreaking, but also infuriating, baffling, and even repellent.

Full Review… | July 1, 2012
Combustible Celluloid

Numéro Deux may not be widely recognized as one of Godard's canonical classics, but this exceptional Olive Films release proves that its greatness has endured.

Full Review… | June 28, 2012
Slant Magazine

An audacious film.

Full Review… | August 29, 2006
TV Guide

Audience Reviews for Numéro deux (Number Two)

One of the few times Godard went in full-blown experimentation mode and it WORKED. I still remember some scenes as being truly disturbing.

Jack Gattanella
Jack Gattanella

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