(out of 5)
Godard explores the obsessions typical of his essay-like ventures, mainly the commodification of sexuality and warfare in the post-World War II era, without adding much to the experience in this dithering experiment of a film. Juliet Berto and Jean-Pierre Léaud discuss matters of popular culture and politics on a bare stage with sharp, minimal lighting, portraying aliens who have recently arrived on Earth and give their opinion on what they see, while collages of imagery play out underneath Godard’s pompously whispered ruminations. In many of his works, such contemplation happens between scenes of people going through the motions of even the slightest hint of narrative, where it makes the man seem like a complex and intuitive storyteller, but here he is just marking time until he is actually inspired to make something like Tout Va Bien. The attitude with which he executes his diatribes, that he is the only one who can translate the hypocrisies of the modern world to our simple ears, is the opposite of Pierrot Le Fou‘s self-conscious humour, and ninety minutes of didactic running in place gets to be incredibly grating very quickly.
Office de Radiodiffusion Télévision Française, Anouchka Films, Bavaria Atelier
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
Screenplay by Jean-Luc Godard
Cinematography by Georges Leclerc
Film Editing by Germaine Cohen