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Film Socialisme()

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Switzerland, France · 2010
1h 42m
Director Jean-Luc Godard
Starring Catherine Tanvier, Christian Sinniger, Jean-Marc Stehlé, Patti Smith
Genre Drama

On a Mediterranean cruise ship, 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, fraternity, and humanity.

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Chicago Reader by

For all its references to defeat, however, the movie still conveys a sense of rapture with the process of image-making, if not necessarily filmmaking.


New York Daily News by Elizabeth Weitzman

Designed as their own entity, the brief subtitles convey so little that to get the full experience you won't only need to understand Godard's language. You'll also have to speak French.


IndieWire by Eric Kohn

Film Socialism is a weighty, intentionally cryptic product that's easy on the eyes and heavy on the mind.


Village Voice by J. Hoberman

Film Socialisme deflects interpretation but, so long as one subscribes to the William Carlos Williams injunction "No ideas but in things," it's filled with sensuous pleasures.


Time Out by Keith Uhlich

As to the movie's three sections, the best comes first, as an eclectic "cast" of characters (among them philosopher Alain Badiou and musician Patti Smith) pontificate their way around a lavish Mediterranean cruise ship.


NPR by Mark Jenkins

Film Socialisme, his (Godard) latest intellectual assault, includes grating noise, scruffy camera-phone video and subtitles in fractured "Navajo English."


New York Post by V.A. Musetto

You would be hard-pressed to use the word "accessible" to describe Film Socialisme, and that's exactly the way the master wants it.

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