Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
Original title: Eloge De L’Amour
France/Switzerland, 2001. Avventura Films, Peripheria, Canal+, Arte France Cinema, Vega Film, Télévision Suisse-Romande, ECM Records, StudioCanal, Deutsches Filminstitut, Studio Images 6, Les Films Alain Sarde. Screenplay by Jean-Luc Godard. Cinematography by Julien Hirsch, Christophe Pollock. Produced by Alain Sarde, Ruth Waldburger. Music by David Darling. Costume Design by Marina Thibaut. Film Editing by Raphaele Urtin. Cannes Film Festival 2001. Toronto International Film Festival 2001.
Warning: long-term exposure to this film will result in suicidal tendencies. Also, if you’re on a date with someone who claims to have loved it, they are painfully pretentious and probably didn’t understand what it was about but are too stuck up to admit it. This ponderous, unending film by Jean-Luc Godard is a tribute to passion in art and life, about a personality-lacking filmmaker whose project about a World War II-era love affair is impeded by all manner of interruptions. His failed love affair with a woman hampers him, as do the concessions he has to make to an industry more interested in financial gain than artistic development. Told in a jumbled narrative style that recalls Godard’s early work without recapturing its spirit, this insanely boring movie doesn’t have the spark of rebellion that makes Godard worth the effort when he’s on fire.