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Numéro deux (1975)

An analysis of the power relations in an ordinary family.


Jean-Luc Godard




Cast overview:
Sandrine Battistella Sandrine Battistella ... Sandrine / wife
Pierre Oudrey Pierre Oudrey ... Pierre / Husband
Alexandre Rignault ... Grandfather
Rachel Stefanopoli Rachel Stefanopoli ... Grandmother


Three generations of a working class French family living together, and argues against traditional concepts of eroticism, instead referring the characters' sexual parameters to a whole series of complex emotions which in turn relate to any number of separate factors, political and social. The frustrations of Sandrine, a constipated wife and her impotent husband are explored in this experimental film that was originally a video tape. The eccentric couple are quite frustrated by their bodies. Throughout the film many bizarre things happen. For example, to teach their children about sex, they do it right in front of them. The grandparents also talk to the camera buck naked.

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Documentary | Drama


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8 August 2003 | by gorzelakSee all my reviews

The first time I ever saw "Numero Deux" was the last time a movie almost had me in tears, - 'cause it's desperate. Done on video "Numero Deux" was Godard's attempt to overcome the - as he had put it himself - "End of cinema", Godard himself having blown it to pieces in "Pierrot le Fou" and "Weekend". "Numero Deux" was to be a new beginning, a new "Breathless" (which was number one), - but absolutely NOTHING seems to be working. "Numero Deux" is a shipwreck of a movie. The over-all "theme" or premise of the movie can be summed up like this: What the American were doing in Vietnam can be compared to a husband anally raping his wife. Because of it, both of them - Vietnam as well as the wife - now have bowel problems. Hardly the most convincing analogy, I am sure you all agree, and Godard seems to have great difficulties figuring out what to do with it. HE is the one who cannot deliver, and a lot of the time we see him just sitting there, arguing with himself, like a guy stuck in a public restroom. It's pathetic, and it's sad. It's one of my all time favorite movies.

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4 November 1976 (USA) See more »

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Number Two See more »

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