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Film socialisme (2010)

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A symphony in three movements. Things such as a Mediterranean cruise, numerous conversations, in numerous languages, between the passengers, almost all of whom are on holiday... Our Europe.... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Marc Stehlé ...
Otto Goldberg (segment "Des choses comme ça") (as J. M. Stehlé)
Agatha Couture ...
Alissa (segment "Des choses comme ça") (as A. Couture)
Mathias Domahidy ...
Mathias (segment "Des choses comme ça") (as M. Domahidy)
Quentin Grosset ...
Ludovic (segment "Des choses comme ça") (as Q. Grosset)
Olga Riazanova ...
Olga - Russian secret agent (segment "Des choses comme ça") (as O. Riazanova)
Maurice Sarfati ...
(segment "Des choses comme ça") (as M. Sarfati)
Herself - Singer (segment "Des choses comme ça") (as P. Smith)
Lenny Kaye ...
Himself - Guitarist (segment "Des choses comme ça") (as L. Kaye)
Bernard Maris ...
Himself - Economist (segment "Des choses comme ça") (as B. Maris)
Marie-Christine Bergier ...
Frieda von Salomon (segment "Des choses comme ça") (as M.-C. Bergier)
Nadège Beausson-Diagne ...
Constance (segment "Des choses comme ça") (as N. Beausson)
Bob Maloubier ...
Himself - French secret agent (segment "Des choses comme ça") (as R. Maloubier)
Dominique Devals ...
(segment "Des choses comme ça") (as D. Devals)
Alain Badiou ...
Himself - Lecturer (segment "Des choses comme ça") (as A. Badiou)
Elias Sanbar ...
Himself - Haifan Historian (segment "Des choses comme ça") (as E. Sanbar)


A symphony in three movements. Things such as a Mediterranean cruise, numerous conversations, in numerous languages, between the passengers, almost all of whom are on holiday... Our Europe. At night, a sister and her younger brother have summoned their parents to appear before the court of their childhood. The children demand serious explanations of the themes of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. Our humanities. Visits to six sites of true or false myths: Egypt, Palestine, Odessa, Hellas, Naples and Barcelona. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

19 May 2010 (France)  »

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$4,526 (USA) (3 June 2011)


$31,733 (USA) (30 September 2011)

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The cruise liner used in the film is the ill-fated Costa Concordia, which was shipwrecked so tragically on Friday 13th January 2012 off the coast of Italy. See more »


[first lines]
Himself - Economist (segment "Des choses comme ça"): [dialogue continuity] Money is a public good.
Alissa (segment "Des choses comme ça"): Like water, then?
Himself - Economist (segment "Des choses comme ça"): Exactly.
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Surface glitter hides an empty interior
9 October 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

It was eagerly awaited for years,the trailer which was the whole film in fast motion looked ravishing, and it seemed as if in this,perhaps his last film,Godard would deliver his final testament,a summation of all the themes which have run through his work for the last fifty years.From the beginning it looks absolutely stunning.In its high def cinematography the colours are gorgeous,the Mediterranean setting recalling that of Le Mépris ,but whereas the latter film was a profound meditation on European culture and civilisation,here the characters spout banal platitudes about politics or philosophy as the ship sails along past various cities; in the Spanish section there is a scene of a bullfight,in the Italian section a clip from a Rossellini film,it's that predictable.

In the final section the film switches to one of Godard's favourite subjects,the daily routine of a family with young children who run a petrol station and have for no apparent reason a pet llama.Here finally the film shows some kind of rapport with its characters but it is already too late.Yet despite its faults it still exhibits all the hallmarks of Godard's style,the brilliance of his framing and editing,the crucial way sound plays against image,but the feeling persists that perhaps he has no longer anything to say.

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