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Weekend [1967] [DVD]

3.9 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Mireille Darc, Jean Yanne
  • Directors: Jean-Luc Godard
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Feb. 2005
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AQVIR
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,687 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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A bickering, scheming bourgeois couple leave Paris for the French countryside to claim an inheritance by nefarious means. Almost immediately, they become entangled in a cataclysmic traffic jam, which is just the beginning of a journey fraught with violent and dangerous encounters: rape, murder, pillage and even cannibalism. Famed for its virtuoso cinematography - including a stunning ten minute tracking shot - Godard s dystopian road movie is a ferocious attack on consumerism.

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I must say that this is one of the funniest and most disturbing films I've seen in a while.
I got my Jean Luc Goddard film "Weekend" and boy I wasn't disapointed - it's at times disorganised chaos and at times it is almost like a series of films within a film.
There's canabalism, murder, revolutionary speak, road rage, neighbour rage, child rage, a pig killing, political monologs that boggled my brain, a 3 mile or 20 minute plus single take tracking shot (one of the best bits), Death of a goose, rape, over 10,000 degree (in 1 take) tracking shot, disembowelment, the statement : "When Roland drives your Father home from the clinic... it would be nice if they both died in an accident.", a chess game.
I recomend this to anyone with an open mind that leans towards the surrealist avant-garde.
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Fight Club wasn't the first movie to take on consumer culture. Godard's last narrative film of the 1960s is a harsh, at times unenjoyable, but always radical and challenging tale of a society mad for money and indifferent to suffering. Turning the usual young-lovers-on-the-run plot used by Godard in Pierrot le Fou and hinted at in A Bout de Souffle, Le Week-End has two lovers who hate each other rushing to the countryside to fight over an inheritance. If the road in classic young lovers' tales - like the contemporaneous Bonnie and Clyde - symbolised freedom, here, cluttered up with wreckage, the road is just another part of a culture where anxieites are bottled up during the week, and let out at the weekend, with violent results. Trademark Godardian intertitles abound, and this film is about as didactic as it gets. Anti-Vietnam slogans may not be contemporaneous, but this film, as an indictment of the new world order, and of consumerism, is more modern than anything currently in cinemas. A classic that's hard to love.
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I think that the other commentators have failed to fully understand the movie. I believe that it is a metaphor for the collapse of bourgeois (capitalist) society and works by explaining what will come of that society under standard marxist analysis.

They begin their journey, self-absorbed, greedy, murderous, horrid. They go through the rat-race of traffic along the way. They end up getting robbed, losing their car crashing it and wandering lost. All hope of returning is gone. They end up arrested by the revolutionaries (the dictatorship of the proletariat), suffer cultural re-education (to the extent that the female character eats the male one). The role of the Algerian and African characters are important in that they represent the positivity of the third-world leadership which Jean Luc Godard revered so much. The movie is a very hard Maoist metaphor.

The movie itself is well shot, thought-provoking and harsh. It is meant to reflect the harshness of this world and the director's belief in how that system will be overthrown.
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I first saw this aged 17 late night on TV, sound turned down so my parents wouldn't come down and send me to bed. Unfortunately, TV doesn't show films like this any more (not that there are any others) so today's teenagers will mostly miss the opportunity to feel shocked and affronted in the manner of a middle aged vicar. What's difficult is that it's not just viscerally unpleasant but frequently dull and constantly carries an aura of threat that seems to be directed at you the viewer, something along the lines of 'When the revolution comes, you'll be first up against the wall, you bourgeois pig.' - a still pertinent message, though not one we get to hear so much these days. Having decided he doesn't care what you think (an early onscreen text reads 'A film found on a scrapheap'), Godard can do anything he wants and does, resulting in one of the most visually inventive films of all time. There are musical sequences, figures from history and literature, long political disquisitions, virtuoso tracking shots, gunfights, miracles, readings from children's books, random onscreen texts and, as a defining motif, car crashes. After you get past the essentially superstitious feeling that the film is actually threatening to your life, there's really so very much to enjoy. Give yourself a very special treat.
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By L. Davidson VINE VOICE on 24 Oct. 2005
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After watching "Weekend" twice I can only conclude that this film is Godard's personal vision of Hell. Nothing makes sense, there is no love or kindness in the film as one surreal and absurd scene follows the other against a background of burning vehicles, grotesque violence, incongruous music and nonsensical pseudo-philosophical rants. One interpretation of "Weekend" could be that it is simply a parody of French bourgois attitudes and values; its materialism, arrogance and indifference to others are subliminally lampooned throughout the film by Godard as a cast of class warriors, wandering philosophers, car-jackers and cannibal guerrillas expose the vapidity of the consumerist ideal. But to view this film merely as a subversive piece of anarcho/marxist agit-prop is a somewhat tenuous proposition ,as the essential absurdity of the film overwhelms any coherent theme or message that could be drawn from it. Which leads me back to my initial conclusion that "Weekend" must be Godard's imagining of Hell; non-sense, random violence , surreal encounters, illogical actions. "Weekend" is a difficult and challenging film,not particularly entertaining, but most certainly thought-provoking and inventive.
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