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


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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)
Self - Singer (segment "Des choses comme ça") (as P. Smith)
Lenny Kaye ...
Self - Guitarist (segment "Des choses comme ça") (as L. Kaye)
Bernard Maris ...
Self - 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)
Self - French secret agent (segment "Des choses comme ça") (as R. Maloubier)
Dominique Devals ...
(segment "Des choses comme ça") (as D. Devals)
Alain Badiou ...
Self - Lecturer (segment "Des choses comme ça") (as A. Badiou)
Elias Sanbar ...
Self - Haifan Historian (segment "Des choses comme ça") (as E. Sanbar)
Catherine Tanvier ...
Catherine - Mother (segment "Quo vadis Europa") (as C. Tanvier)
Jean-Jacques Martin - Father (segment "Quo vadis Europa") (as C. Sinniger)
Marine Battaggia ...
Florine "Flo" Martin (segment "Quo vadis Europa") (as M. Battaggia)
Gulliver Hecq ...
Lucien "Lulu" Martin (segment "Quo vadis Europa") (as G. Hecq)
Elidan Arzoni ...
Catherine's friend (segment "Quo vadis Europa") (as E. Anzoni)
Élisabeth Vitali ...
France 3 Journalist (segment "Quo vadis Europa") (as E. Vitali)
France 3 Camerawoman (segment "Quo vadis Europa") (as E. Haidera)
Female Voice (segment "Nos humanités") (voice) (as B. Bellavoir)
Jean-Michel Fête ...
Male Voice (segment "Nos humanités") (voice) (as J.-M. Fete)
Male Voice (segment "Nos humanités") (voice) (as S. Henon)
Odile Schmitt ...
Female Voice (segment "Nos humanités") (voice) (as O. Schmitt)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Louma Sanbar ...

Directed by

Jean-Luc Godard

Written by

Hannah Arendt ... (additional material) (as H. Arendt)
Walter Benjamin ... (additional material) (as W. Benjamin)
Léon Brunschvicg ... (additional material) (as L. Brunschwig)
Jean-Paul Curnier ... (additional material) (as J.-P. Curnier)
Jacques Derrida ... (additional material) (as J. Derrida)
Roland Dubillard ... (additional material) (as R. Dubillard)
Jean Giraudoux ... (additional material) (as J. Giraudoux)
Jean-Luc Godard ... (written by) (as J.-L. Godard)
Jean-Paul Sartre ... (additional material) (as J.-P. Sartre)
Jean Tardieu ... (additional material) (as J. Tardieu)
Otto von Bismarck ... (additional material) (as O. Bismarck)

Produced by

Sophie Sallin ... associate producer
Alain Sarde ... producer
Ruth Waldburger ... executive producer

Cinematography by

Fabrice Aragno ... (as F. Aragno)
Paul Grivas ... (as P. Grivas)

Production Management

Jean-Paul Battaggia ... production manager (as J.-P. Battaggia)

Sound Department

Gabriel Hafner ... sound mixer (as G. Hafner)
François Musy ... sound mixer (as F. Musy)

Camera and Electrical Department

Paul Grivas ... cinematographer: second unit

Additional Crew

Anne-Marie Miéville ... collaboration (as A.-M. Miéville)
Renaud Musy ... collaboration (as R. Musy)
Yusri Nasrullah ... collaboration (as Y. Nasrallah)
Louma Sanbar ... collaboration (as L. Sanbar)
Guillermo J. Deisler ... film laboratory manager (uncredited)
Mathilde Incerti ... press agent (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines La liberté coûte cher (Freedom is expensive) See more »
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Also Known As
  • Socialisme (Switzerland, French title)
  • Film Socialisme (Canada, English title)
  • Film Socialism (World-wide, English title)
  • Filme Socialismo (Brazil)
  • Film socijalizam (Croatia)
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  • 102 min
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Trivia The film did not include traditional English language subtitles for releases in countries that spoke such language. Instead, the subtitles were in "Navajo English", a translation that baffled many critics and audience members. See more »
Movie Connections Edited from Battleship Potemkin (1925). See more »
Quotes Rebecca (segment "Des choses comme ça"): [dialogue continuity] You're absolutely right: I don't love any "people." Not French, not North American, not German. Not Jewish people, not black people. I love only my friends... When there are any.
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