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The Image Book(Le livre d'image)

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Switzerland, France · 2018
1h 24m
Director Jean-Luc Godard
Starring Jean-Luc Godard, Anne-Marie Miéville, Dimitri Basil
Genre Drama, Documentary

A passion project on fact and fiction to explore the contemporary Arab world, having shot for nearly two years in various countries across the region.

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Time Out by Dave Calhoun

One of the many powerful things about The Image Book is how it so aggressively rejects any sort of gloss or neat packaging. The telling is the story.


IndieWire by Eric Kohn

More media installation than movie, The Image Book bemoans a vapid world well into the process of disintegration, and his film is engineered to simulate that process in visceral terms.


Screen International by Jonathan Romney

The Image Book if nothing else, is inestimable, in that it defies normal estimation or assessment; to encounter a film this intransigently confrontational by an artist who shows no sign of softening will be a nightmare for many, but yes, for many a privilege and a pleasure.


Variety by Owen Gleiberman

Our world, in The Image Book, has finally caught up to Jean-Luc Godard’s doom-laden dream of it. He seems to be saying that we all have a choice: to change it, or to sit back in our TV armchairs and watch.


The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

It is bewildering. I’m not sure I understood more than a fraction and of course it can be dismissed as obscurantism and mannerism. But I found The Image Book rich, disturbing and strange.


The Film Stage by Rory O'Connor

There is something quite reassuring about the fact that — infuriating as it sometimes may be — he has not lost that particular passion nor that roving eye, and that maybe, though he might not admit it, that love of images, too.


Time by Stephanie Zacharek

If it’s hard to understand exactly what Godard is trying to say in this brief scrapbook scamper—it clocks in at one hour, 25 minutes—just watching it is a strange, melancholy pleasure, and an open window into the world of things that worry its creator.


The Hollywood Reporter by Todd McCarthy

One imagines Godard spending whole days playing with dials, switches and buttons to discover the very moments he wishes to emphasize in his clips, and a good many of them are passingly arresting.

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