Weekend  [DVD]
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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 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.
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.
When Corinne and Roland hit the road in their flashy Facel Vega to kill Corinne's parents (secretly planning to kill the other later) they run among others into an endless traffic jam and a guerilla to witness the end of civilization. Godard's last traditional movie until 1980 is a Cassandra against uninhibited materialism and future Pol Pots.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I sent it back and got a refund as it was scratched to pieces. The film I've seen before on the Criterion blu, which is amazing. One of Godard's best. I can't comment on this dvd,Published 13 months ago by DM
I am a fan of international cinema and bought this because it had received such positive reviews.
Sadly they were off by a mile. Read more
A film should first of all entertain, anything above and beyond that is a bonus. However if a film doesn't entertain, then as far as I'm concerned it's failed its prime directive. Read morePublished on 10 April 2013 by Newman
Despite having a cleverly conceived and infamous 8 minute continuous take of the traffic jam from hell, I simply find this film plain nasty. Read morePublished on 4 Jan. 2012 by Tim Kidner
Alan's personal critique on Le Weekend- Jean-Luc Godard: Reality in art can never be unmediated, therefore like the Heisenberg's theory of quantum mechanics (the realization of the... Read morePublished on 20 May 2011 by Alan - The Redpath
Week-End is, of course, one of the most important films in film history.
It is truly incredible that no really good quality Blu-Ray is available. Read more