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Weekend (1967)

Week End (original title)
A surreal tale of a married couple going on a road trip to visit the wife's parents with the intention of killing them for the inheritance.

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Jean-Luc Godard

Writer:

Jean-Luc Godard
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Cast

Credited cast:
Mireille Darc ... Corinne Durand
Jean Yanne ... Roland Durand
Jean-Pierre Kalfon ... Le chef du Front de Libération de la Seine et Oise
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Karl Marx ... Himself (archive footage)
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Storyline

A supposedly-idyllic weekend trip to the countryside turns into an endless nightmare of traffic jams, revolution, cannibalism, and murder as French bourgeois society starts to collapse under the weight of its own consumer preoccupations. Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

27 September 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Weekend See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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The intertitle before the slaughter of the pig reads "Thermidor", which is the name of the month of the French revolutionary calendar when Robespierre was executed. See more »

Quotes

Roland: Are you going Oinville way?
Woman in Car: Would you rather be screwed by Mao or Johnson?
Roland: Johnson, of course.
Woman in Car: Drive on, Jean. He's a Fascist.
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Alternate Versions

For the original U.S. theatrical release, distributor Grove Press dubbed the monologues (the garbagemen's piece on black revolution and the hippie's "ocean" poem) into English, although the rest of the film was in the original French with subtitles. A short credits sequence was also appended to the end of the film. See more »

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References Johnny Guitar (1954) See more »

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Allo, tu m'entends
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Sung by Jean-Pierre Léaud
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Truly extraordinary! inspired 1960s anarchic weirdness. The only Godard movie I REALLY enjoy.
13 August 2003 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

I have a lot of problems with Godard's movies. I don't dispute that he is one of the great innovators of modern film making and 'Breathless' is certainly one of the few movies that changed cinema forever. But I don't really ENJOY watching 'Breathless' all that much , 'Bande a part' mostly bored me stupid , and 'Alphaville' is interesting for the most part but not exactly the most entertaining movie ever made... 'Week End' however is one of the few Godard movies I actually watch and LIKE and recommend. For most people it is one of his most difficult movies but I didn't find that to be the case. Anyone who enjoys surreal movies like those of Bunuel ('The Exterminating Angel' is name-dropped in 'Week End') or David Lynch or Peter Greenaway's underrated gem 'The Falls', or even vintage Monty Python will find this movie utterly fascinating. Corinne (Mireille Darc) and Roland (Jean Yanne) are two awful characters, almost proto-yuppies, who go on a drive to the country to weedle some money out of Corinne's parents. They immediately find themselves caught in a nightmarish traffic jam, and after that the movie get progressively weirder. Someone (I think it's Roland) says "this movie is rotten. All we meet are insane characters" (I'm paraphrasing). And that about nails it. We see Emily Bronte and fictional characters interact with Corinne and Roland, rape, murder, violence, revolution and all kinds of strangeness. The movie was released in 1967, best know as the Summer Of Love and the height of flower power, but Godard anticipates the darkness and despair of 1968 and 1969 when The Stones sang "the time is right for bloody revolution", The Stooges "1969 okay, war across the USA", The Doors "we want the world and we want it now!". 'Week End' is the anarchic side of the 1960s, not the peace'n'love'n' Woodstock 1960s. In many ways the movie is years ahead of its time anticipating (as did 'Alphaville') postmodernism. It can be difficult viewing at times, sometimes a bit frustrating if you prefer a conventional narrative, but I really really like it, and there's just nothing quite like it anywhere. If I was going to put some 1960s movies in a time capsule for future generations I would include 'Week End' alongside 'A Hard Day's Night', 'The Trip', 'Blow Up', 'Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!', 'Easy Rider', 'If...', 'Psycho', 'El Topo', 'Performance' and one or two others. Highly recommended inspired anarchic weirdness!


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