The newest film from 88-year-old cinema master Jean-Luc Godard is a richly textured, uncompromising visual essay that will alternately confound and provoke the viewer with varied ideas and unforeseen synaptic connections about the very nature of looking and understanding.
Here is how Godard himself describes the film: “Do you still remember how, long ago, we trained our thoughts? Most often we’d start from a dream…. We wondered how, in total darkness, colors of such intensity could emerge within us. In a soft, low voice Saying great things, Surprising, deep and accurate matters. Image and words Like a bad dream written on a stormy night. Under western eyes. The lost paradises. War is here.”
“I found it haunting, thrilling and confounding in equal measure.” – A.O. Scott, New York Times (Critic’s Pick)
“Centering film history on the Second World War, the Holocaust, the atomic bomb, and the Cold War, Godard pursues an alternative history that relates cinematic failings to political ones.” – Richard Brody, The New Yorker
“After all this time, we are not much closer to understanding Godard, but he seems to understand us all too well.” – Andrew Lapin, NPR