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Numéro deux (Number Two) Reviews

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½ May 19, 2015
ok 'experimental film'
October 30, 2014
One of the few times Godard went in full-blown experimentation mode and it WORKED. I still remember some scenes as being truly disturbing.
March 31, 2014
This is a strange & sexually explicit film from Jean Luc Godard. Here the daily life of a 'typical' family is depicted by showing two separate images on screen simultaneously. It should interest those who are curious about experimental movie-making.
May 26, 2013
A difficult film; Godard devotees will be in heaven.
April 10, 2013
An experimental film, I initially found this difficult to get into. A Marxist analysis of the family, and the blending of home and factory (and a variety of other concepts) it is too overtly polemical for my taste, despite some excellent moments.
December 3, 2012
A supremely dialectical film (landscape and factory, sex and politics, male and female, sound and image, etc.). And a Godardian porno?
March 21, 2009
Partant du projet de faire un deuxieme A bout de souffle (d'ou le titre), JLG fait tout a fait autre chose... Et on l'en remercie, puisqu'il choisit judicieusement de s'attaquer a une question de son temps : le rapport entre television et politique, qui lui permet, au passage, de definir ce qu'est une machine. On ne le dira jamais assez : tous les chemins menent a Godard.
½ January 18, 2008
Excellent and underseen effort from Godard's Lacano-Althusserian period; on the nature of the family under modern capitalism.
September 8, 2007
A very innovative, if a little difficult to grasp, film. Extremely philosophical, poetic and political. The dialogue needs you to go back to watch it again just to grasp it, becuase it's difficult to get both both image and sound together and you have to go back to really get the full meaning. a wonderful film, one that sets you thinking about the scenes and dialogue, it helps if you know something about the contemporary philosophy of that time and Godard's beliefs.
September 7, 2007
Even if a lot of this doesn't work, I admire Godard and Miéville for sheer audacity. A plot synopsis feels a bit beside the point for this film, but the "story" (not much actually happens) concerns a nuclear family (father, mother, son, daughter) in a cramped apartment. The parents have sex a lot and the children watch sometimes, and there are many conversations in between. These sequences, which appear to have been shot on video, are played on monitors which Godard has re-shot in 35mm, sometimes putting as many as three monitors in the same frame (and more than that if you count superimposition). The whole film seems quite daring. I'm not sure how much of that is the filmmakers' intention and how much of it comes from growing up in a context where sex is feared and hated. There is certainly no way this ever could have been made in the USA. In one scene, for example, as we watch the mother showering her naked daughter, the girl asks, "Do all girls have a hole? Is that where memory comes out?" and in another scene the parents, lying naked in bed, explain their genitals to their children. ("With this mouth," the father says, pointing to his penis, "we kiss the lips of love.") The film is bookended by segments where Godard examines the film itself and his thought process in making it. This being Godard, that of course only makes everything even more confounding rather than clearer, perhaps even moreso here than usual, because instead of his typical assertiveness, his comments here are drowned in self-doubt. This means the film is not just about what's happening to the family and the ideas and analogs Godard extracts from that aspect (which touch on Vietnam, Maoism, and feminism, to name a few) but it's also about the making of the film itself, and it's about Godard's filmmaking efforts in the larger context of the world that is already being examined within the film itself. To put it mildly, there's an almost excessive amount of levels to this work.
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