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Film Socialisme / Film Socialisme
Film Socialisme / Film Socialisme
2010, 35 mm, Color (16th Festival on Wheels)

Jean-Luc Godard
Jean-Luc Godard
Fabrice Aragno, Paul Grivas
Jean-Luc Godard


Robert Maloubier, Patti Smith, Alain Badiou, Jean-Marc Stehlé, Catherine Tanvier
Vega Film, Ruth Waldburger
Wild Bunch, Esther Devos, 99, rue de la Verrerie Paris 75004 France T +33 1 5301 5032 | |

“Ideas Separate Us, Dreams Bring Us Together” Godard’s latest film, a “symphony in three movements,” is perhaps his most difficult and troubling in many years. Deliberately thwarting clarity, narrative and exposition, Film Socialisme functions as a kind of visual scream – in the spirit of Edvard Munch’s famous painting. In the face of civilization’s madness, Godard questions where meaning can be found. Splinters of the remnants of the past, quotations from writers and philosophers and visual fragments from other director’s films form a collage of associative meaning and rumination, ordered by this most metaphysical of filmmakers. The film begins on a cruise ship (a metaphor for the rootless, wandering nature of contemporary society?), where passengers indulge in gambling or disco-dancing in the ship’s nightclub. Brilliant high-definition cinematography is mixed with degraded cellphone-style shots to create a stunning kaleidoscope of imagery and sound. The middle section, entitled “Notre Europe” (“Our Europe”), moves us from the sea to a provincial gas station to examine the domestic politics of the family that runs it. The final section revisits the cruise ship’s journey around the Mediterranean, intercut with historic footage from the region and a dizzying montage of clips from key films in Godard’s encyclopedic catalogue of the cinema. Godard fearlessly continues to mine his chosen territory with the fierce determination of a wise sage. Film Socialisme has the immediacy of automatic writing, its scraps and pieces of insight, aphorisms, word plays and quotations forming a dense canvas of potential meanings. A film of its times. Piers Handling

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