Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Weekend (1967)

Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Writer:    Jean-Luc Godard
Cast:        Mireille Darc, Jean Yanne, Jean-Pierre Kalfon
Language: French

A French bourgeois couple's weekend trip to visit and kill wife's parents, in order to get the inheritance, turns into a never ending series of traffic jams, revolution and cannibalism. As the husband says during the film: ''What a rotten film. All we meet are crazy people'.

When it came out, the film must have been refreshingly clever with its self aware in-jokes with the audience but now it is just tiresome with only three four memorable scenes as its saving grace. There is one big monologue about the origins of class struggle from the beginning of tribes to the modern world, Nazism and hypocrisy of the imperial powers when it comes to their own cruelty. I hadn't seen a Godard film in a while and haven't seen any of his non sixties films. 67 is around the time his films supposedly became not good and he made plenty of films after this. I am in two minds as to whether I should see his later films and this film didn't do me any favors in making up my mind.

Rating: 2.5/5