Goodbye to language

Goodbye to language

Streaming Video - 2014 | French
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The idea is simple: A married woman and a single man meet. They love, they argue, fists fly. A dog strays between town and country. The seasons pass. The man and woman meet again. The dog finds itself between them. The other is in one, the one is in the othe rand they are three. The former husband shatters everything. A second film begins: the same as the first, and yet not. From the human race we pass to metaphor. This ends in barking and a baby's cries.
Publisher: [United States] : Kino Lorber : Made available through hoopla, 2014.
Branch Call Number: Internet Access
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 streaming video file (approximately 70 min.)) :,sound, color

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akirakato
Jan 07, 2016

This is a 2014 French-Swiss 3D experimental narrative essay film written and directed by Jean-Luc Godard, but theis DVD contains only 2D version.
Although this movie won the 2014 Cannes Film Festival's Jury Prize, and won Best Picture at the 2014 National Society of Film Critics Awards, it is nothing but garbage to me.
It is a bewildering pile-up of images and sounds.
The film baffled me to the hilt and bored me to death.

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lukasevansherman
Jan 06, 2016

"The idea is simple / A married woman and a single man meet / They love, they argue, fists fly / A dog strays between town and country / The seasons pass / The man and woman meet again / The dog finds itself between them. . ."-excerpt from Godard's verse synopsis of the film, posted on Twitter.
Godard is nothing less than one of the most influential filmmakers of the 20th century. His astounding run of 60s films expanded the vocabulary of film and showed its possibilities. While still active at 85, his audience has dwindled to a tiny coterie of critics, film festival goers, and die hard cineastes. "Goodbye to Language" is something like his 41st film and his first in 3-D. That's right, the high priest of art films did a 3-D movies, which, of course, is hardly relevant when watching a video. You can appreciate his experimental streak, while still finding this movie rather agonizing and pretentious. It's kind of about a couple, but it's also about, in typical Godard fashion, EVERYTHING. Rilke, Hitler, Darwin, Solzenhitsyn, Mary Shelley, and Rodin are just some of the many references. Oh, there's also a dog, which was my favorite part. And least you think Godard is high-brow, there's full frontal nudity (both sexes) and a shot of a man on a toilet, which is an apt image for the film. It's only 70 minutes, but you'll feel every minute of it.

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laurelwood
Oct 01, 2015

I usually love this genre of film, but this one is just unbearably boring. A real disappointment.

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