The passengers on a Mediterranean cruise enjoy their luxuries as a small family struggles with overbearing media attention.


Jean-Luc Godard


Hannah Arendt (additional material) (as H. Arendt), Walter Benjamin (additional material) (as W. Benjamin) | 9 more credits »
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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 Agatha Couture ... Alissa (segment "Des choses comme ça") (as A. Couture)
Mathias Domahidy Mathias Domahidy ... Mathias (segment "Des choses comme ça") (as M. Domahidy)
Quentin Grosset Quentin Grosset ... Ludovic (segment "Des choses comme ça") (as Q. Grosset)
Olga Riazanova Olga Riazanova ... Olga - Russian secret agent (segment "Des choses comme ça") (as O. Riazanova)
Maurice Sarfati Maurice Sarfati ... (segment "Des choses comme ça") (as M. Sarfati)
Patti Smith ... Self - Singer (segment "Des choses comme ça") (as P. Smith)
Lenny Kaye Lenny Kaye ... Self - Guitarist (segment "Des choses comme ça") (as L. Kaye)
Bernard Maris Bernard Maris ... Self - Economist (segment "Des choses comme ça") (as B. Maris)
Marie-Christine Bergier Marie-Christine Bergier ... Frieda von Salomon (segment "Des choses comme ça") (as M.-C. Bergier)
Nadège Beausson-Diagne Nadège Beausson-Diagne ... Constance (segment "Des choses comme ça") (as N. Beausson)
Bob Maloubier ... Self - French secret agent (segment "Des choses comme ça") (as R. Maloubier)
Dominique Devals Dominique Devals ... (segment "Des choses comme ça") (as D. Devals)
Alain Badiou Alain Badiou ... Self - Lecturer (segment "Des choses comme ça") (as A. Badiou)
Elias Sanbar Elias Sanbar ... Self - 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.

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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 »


References Kiss Me, Stupid (1964) See more »

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Godard's Genius or Garbage
20 August 2012 | by christian94See all my reviews

Jean-Luc Godard is a reference in cinema and changed the art fifty years ago with a unique challenging style that defied current esthetics and etiquette.

His latest work can be described more as an eclectic experiment than any enduring piece of cinema, but it serves to show his mastery of the art and his ability to dissect it in its most basic components before trying to create a different, distinct experience for the viewer. He plays with themes, locations, styles and intermingles with little restriction photos, videos, ambient sounds, silence, music, narrations, monologues, dialogues to delves into a dream-like undefined cinematic discussion.

The film does not quite work as a whole, precisely from this lack of focus, but some of the imagery (some sharp and some out of focus, some old and some new, some seemingly meaningless and some full of allegories, etc.), dialogues (existential, simple, social, revolutionary) and intertitles do reach a cord and will be remembered subconsciously or consciously. It's lack of clear content or continuity should not take away from it's task of deconstruction and desire to destabilise our current comforts. In that aspect, Godard grabs the rug under conventional cinema and pulls very hard to make it topple over dumbfounded and confused.

There are three segments, each shorter than the previous, but besides being glad to finally leave this seemingly derelict boat and to briefly know a fictional philosophising family, there is not enough distinction between the segments to warrant further feedback at this point. Only that as Godard's life perhaps, and exemplified in the crafty ancient time-telling device in segment #2, time is getting shorter...

Maybe we'll get it right some day, may be one of many messages of this remue-méninges.

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Switzerland | France

Release Date:

19 May 2010 (France) See more »

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Film socialisme See more »

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Egypt See more »


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$4,526, 5 June 2011

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