Weekend (1967)


Weekend – Jean-Luc Godard

Week End (original title)

Summary:  A married couple’s idyllic weekend plans to drive down to the French countryside are thwarted when suddenly hitting wildly long traffic jams in all directions.  They travel further into the queues to witness the aftermath of violent car accidents, becoming more severe the more they go on, to eventually destroy their own vehicle in a collision.  Abandoning the car, they wander through the nearby locations as their journey spirals more out of control when encountering men and women who claim to be historical figures.  They try to unwind themselves away to continue their intended journey to the bride’s (Mireille Darc) parents house, to secure her inheritance from her dying father by any means necessary.

My Review:  Having watched this a few years ago now I just had to google the synopsis, which wasn’t entirely out of my own forgetfulness, instead mostly in an attempt to strike up inspiration to write the above summary.  The hugely celebrated film maker Jean-Luc Godard certainly has a great knack at not letting the film viewer know what the hell is going on –  is this the genius behind his art?  Is this the reason why he is so applauded at throwing away and ripping apart all manner of film conventions? I don’t even feel my above summary nails it down, but I wasn’t particularly engrossed.  I just didn’t know what was going on.

My Rating: 1.5/5

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