"Detective", like most Jean Luc Godard films, needs to be watched more than once before commenting on it. On first viewing it appears to be a little disjointed , with many characters roles appearing to be not clearly defined and somewhat ambiguous and the distinction between past and present vague. However on repeated viewings this all becomes much clearer. The plot is unusual; a former hotel detective and his nephew, an undercover cop, investigate an assassination that took place in a Parisian hotel two years that led to the firing of the hotel detective from his post. However as they are doing so , another murderous scenario is developing in the hotel in the present day as an airline owning couple on the verge of separation, a boxing promoter and the Mafia are all desperately chasing after money owed to them. The past and the present collide dramatically at the end of the film. All of the characters are strange and almost surreal; the Shakespeare quoting , deranged hotel detective, the adulterous wife and her despairing husband, the boxer and his teenage girlfriend, the cop and his teenage girlfriend, the Mafia godfather and his "poupee". They all make up a colourful cast in an intelligent, part farce , part thriller which gets better with repeated viewings.