I can’t be sure, but they may have condensed at least half of Jean-Luc Godard’s latest film into this minute-long trailer. The images flash by in typically enigmatic form, but at least we know what he was up to while he was snubbing Honorary Oscars.
Since the trailer itself does little to explain what the movie’s about (and that lovely young woman staring at cats online isn’t helping either), let’s turn with pleading eyes to the official synopsis: “Legendary director Jean-Luc Godard returns to the screen with Film Socialisme, a magisterial essay on the decline of European Civilization. As a garish cruise ship travels the Mediterranean (with Patti Smith among its guests), Godard embarks on a state of the EU address in a vibrant collage of philosophical quotes, historical revelations and pure cinematographic beauty.”
Oh, now it all makes sense:
Landon will have a review fairly soon, but this film looks striking for two reasons. One, the style doesn’t seem to be consistent at all. Shots look out of focus or pristine, it switches from hand-held to smoothly detailed, and even the synopsis makes it appear like two movies that will attempt to become one.
The second reason is a bit more morbid, but at 80 years old, this may be one of Godard’s last films. Or maybe his very last film. It also raises the question of whatever happened to The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million. Does anyone know whatever happened to that movie?
Would you go see it?