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Le Petit Soldat (1963)
"Le petit soldat" (original title)

 -  War | Drama  -  25 January 1963 (France)
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During the Algerian war for independence from France, a young Frenchman living in Geneva who belongs to a right-wing terrorist group and a young woman who belongs to a left-wing terrorist ... See full summary »

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During the Algerian war for independence from France, a young Frenchman living in Geneva who belongs to a right-wing terrorist group and a young woman who belongs to a left-wing terrorist group meet and fall in love. Complications ensue when the man is suspected by the members of his terrorist group of being a double agent. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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$180,000 (estimated)

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$6,848 (USA) (8 March 2013)

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$24,296 (USA) (16 August 2013)
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The film was actually completed in 1960, and was Jean-Luc Godard's second film after Breathless (1960). It was shelved for three years by the French censors. See more »

Quotes

Bruno Forestier: Tell me lies. Say you don't care that I'm leaving.
Veronica Dreyer: I don't care that you're leaving. I'm not in love with you.
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19 March 2002 | by (brooklyn, ny) – See all my reviews

Godard is at his best when he playfully messes with social and filmmaking conventions, combining his whimsical nature with his vibrant social commentary.

The little soldier does not do that. He plays it serious here and it's a shame, because Godard can't do that. He can't create suspense; it's antithetical to his nature. Even a scene that is supposed to elicit emotion from the audience, presumably, like the torture sequence, goes on and on so slowly and at such a rambling pace, you eventually feel nothing, if that hasn't happened much earlier.

What could have been a great statement on the corruption of both sides of thought, left and right, and the lack of ideals in modern politics just becomes a tedious, overbearing, overlong mess.

Godard lovers, like all the commentators on this page, will defend Godard to the death even when he retches up something as awful as this. Don't listen to them. There's a reason this movie is impossible to find; no one wants to see it.


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