Jane Fonda & Yves Montand are a radical intellectual couple visiting a factory occupation who, along with the boss, get taken hostage by the workers. The film then opens out into an investigation of what has & hasn't changed since the revolutionary events of May 68 - basically portraying France 1972 as in a state of low level civil war: workers against bosses, students against police, militants against communist/union establishment, women against men.
I'm becoming a Godard revisionist! I'll always love his 60s movies & despair at many of his later films. But I'm beginning to think that his very best films are those in the middle, that he made in the 70s immediately after his "comeback": Tout Va Bien, Numero Deux, Slow Motion, Passion. These seem to me genuinely radical films in the issues they address and the way they are filmed. Tout Va Bien was the first of this quartet & like the others is a relatively lucid satire with a sharp Brechtian humour. There are many memorable images, like the scene where Montand & Fonda actually work on the conveyer belt in the hideous but all too real sausage factory. And Godard freaks will enjoy the characteristic long slow tracking shot set-piece filming a revolution in a supermarket!
It's difficult to recommend Tout Va Bien because you must have some interest in this type of film - it is certainly not cool, chic or new wave - but although a self consciously historical film about 1972, it stands up surprisingly well & is still relevant in many ways. This is a very basic DVD (no extras) but it is good that Tout Va Bien, like Slow Motion, is now available on disc because these films may work best as repeated home viewings rather than as a night out at the cinema (fun popcorn movie it aint!).