Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5. France/Sweden, 1966. Anouchka Films, Argos Films, Sandrews, Svensk Filmindustri. Screenplay by Jean-Luc Godard, based on the stories La Femme de Paul and Le Signe by Guy de Maupassant. Cinematography by Willy Kurant. Produced by Anatole Dauman. Music by Jean-Jacques Debout. Film Editing by Agnes Guillemot.
It’s hard to figure out what exactly Godard was going for with this one. Even his rambliest, most disjointed films have a purpose or theme, but here it feels like he’s making it up as he goes along. It concerns relationships between men and women, namely that between Jean-Pierre Léaud (at his most charming) and pop singer Chantal Goya as they meet, fall in love, fight and talk…endlessly. It’s shot to gorgeous precision, as devastatingly cool to look at as all the French New Wave films, but it only has a few moments that really engage the audience’s attention. Look for an awesome cameo by Brigitte Bardot at her loveliest and least insane.