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Adieu au langage (2014)

Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy | 28 May 2014 (France)
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The idea is simple: A married woman and a single man meet. They love, they argue, fists fly. A dog strays between town and country. The seasons pass. The man and woman meet again. The dog ... See full summary »

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The idea is simple: A married woman and a single man meet. They love, they argue, fists fly. A dog strays between town and country. The seasons pass. The man and woman meet again. The dog finds itself between them. The other is in one, the one is in the other and they are three. The former husband shatters everything. A second film begins: the same as the first, and yet not. From the human race we pass to metaphor. This ends in barking and a baby's cries. Written by Production

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Director Jean-Luc Godard never won any award at the Cannes Film Festival until he presented this film in its 67th edition, where he won the Jury prize (shared with Mommy (2014)). See more »

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Godard's probable swan-song
21 July 2015 | by See all my reviews

Godard's films often seem more like essays than "movies" per se. While this film can be called narrative only in the loosest definition of the term, and contains much of the direct philosophizing that has characterized Godard's late oeuvre, it struck me as being so immediately and intensely cinematic. This is absolutely a film. What do I mean by that? I guess I mean that it can't, perhaps shouldn't, be analyzed and translated into an essay synopsizing its ideas, which are undeniably rich.

First and foremost, this is a work about the images on screen, and what images they are. I didn't get to see Goodbye to Language in 3D, but I can only imagine it to be an almost overwhelming experience. The painterly grace of Godard's imagery cannot be overstated. (To think of the lively but crude camera-work of his early films when compared with the spectacular aesthetic grace on display here is to imagine an incredible artistic journey, perhaps the most radical maturation ever witnessed by an auteur.) Using a variety of different cameras and mediums, this seems to be Godard's most urgent attempt to capture life- in-the-world through cinema. The dude is really old now, and I suspect he may intend this as a final statement, him saying goodbye to the language to which he has devoted his life.

I also think it might be Godard's single most affirmational work. There is still plenty of the sardonic world-weariness we have come to expect from the man, but at heart this is a work about the way joy gives birth to pain, yet somehow manages to occasionally interrupt and sooth pain. Godard seems to be embracing life as he prepares to leave it, perhaps in hope of achieving the state of mind of the dog that is one of the film's three main characters: to love something more than one loves one's self.


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