Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5. Switzerland, 2014. Wild Bunch, Canal+, Centre National de la Cinématographie. Screenplay by Jean-Luc Godard. Cinematography by Fabrice Aragno. Produced by Brahim Chioua, Vincent Maraval, Alain Sarde. Costume Design by Maria Muscalu. Cannes Film Festival 2014. Toronto International Film Festival 2014.
Jean-Luc Godard is once again the provocateur with this first feature foray into 3D filmmaking, expanding on themes that are suggested in his 3X3D short The Three Disasters. At the centre of the action are a man and woman traipsing about their home in various states of dishabille, spouting ideas of politics and philosophy in fragmented sequences that defy logic but, as always with Godard, objects in the fragmented mirror are not as random as they appear. The great joke is seeing a medium that is often utilized to make superheroes look they are actually popping out of the screen be applied to such mundane things as drinking from water fountains and sitting on park benches. The downside is that this is the only technique that the master filmmaker hasn’t indulged in before: the whole thing is painfully familiar and barely strikes a new chord, not exactly a babbling mess but a comfortable familiarity for his fans and as terrible a way to begin your way into his oeuvre for newcomers as In Praise of Love or anything else post Tout Va Bien could be. Approach with caution, but regrets are not guaranteed either.