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Entertaining beginning becomes dwarfed by relentless polemic,
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This review is from: Weekend  [DVD] (DVD)
'hmmmmm, now this is bizarre'. My thoughts exactly after watching this film. The non-existent conventions, the rambling monologues, the bitter and vitriolic characters, the plethora of techniques are came together to deliver a film without an apparent statement; artisitic, political or otherwise.
Technically this film is exceptional. It mixes the best of Godard's talents and brings a film that is kinetic and energy-laden at first. However, after the first act; as per usual in Godard films the plot basically halts and utter mayhem ensues. I do not really want to comment on the provocative content, because as many other reviews state it is revolting, repulsive and though-provoking - no more need be said.
Godard's polemics initially concentrate on materialism and consurism; it seems straightforward - then the carnage begins; random turmoil follows and the film then launches attacks on Western foreign policy, on human nature, on society and its foundations, on politics. The message never stops, and it never intends to be clear in its purpose. All that I can personally derive is that its not a meditation, rather a juxtaposation of the worst (or in Godard's view, the truth) of the human world, the human nature. It never redeems the flaws and barbarities of this world; its unshameful in its methods and its visuals.
'Weekend' is a fresh and original cinematic experience. It is very sickening and uncomfortable. Although its leftist wafflings are tiresome and the stagnation of the plot can be infuriating it is still a recommended buy despite its strong devices and content. Though for anyone for really knows and appreciates Godard this film serves as another unforgettable coup-de-maitre from one of the greatest directors who ever worked behind a camera.