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Film socialisme (2011)



Critic Consensus: Godard continues to explore new modes of expression in Film Socialisme, an avant garde essay on societal decay that will resonate strongest among the already converted.

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Legendary director Jean-Luc Godard returns to the screen with Film Socialisme, a magisterial essay on the decline of European Civilization. As a garish cruise ship travels the Mediterranean (with Patti Smith among its guests), Godard embarks on a state of the EU address in a vibrant collage of philosophical quotes, historical revelations and pure cinematographic beauty. -- (C) Kino

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Jean-Marc Stehle
as Otto Goldberg
Patti Smith
as Herself
Olga Riazanova
as La prof de Cinéma
Élisabeth Vitali
as une journaliste FR3 region
Lenny Kaye
as Himself
Alain Badiou
as Himself
Robert Maloubier
as Personne de la vraie vie
Jean Marc Stehlee
as Otto Goldberg
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Critic Reviews for Film socialisme

All Critics (59) | Top Critics (21)

With its rich, layered storytelling, "Film Socialisme" is, in its broadest sense, about nothing less than the history, present and future of Western civilization, up to and including Internet videos of cats.

January 19, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This isn't exactly a popcorn movie. I'm not sure it's even a movie, as much as an edgy art installation.

September 1, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Video, digital and internet material are used as if to tell us once again that orthodox story-telling in the cinema is dead. Maybe it is as far as Godard is concerned, but you still regret the absence of it from this undeniably great film-maker.

July 8, 2011 | Rating: 3/5

Unimaginable tedium.

July 8, 2011 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

In its wintry and valedictory way, the film returns us to the spirit of the 1960s, Godard's great heyday, when images and slogans really were believed capable of changing the world...

July 7, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A docufiction on diverse subjects mixing untamed genius with occasional, violent yawniness.

July 7, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Film socialisme


A frustrating, impenetrable film essay full of scenes that are either fragmented or dull, revolving around people on a cruise ship, a couple running for office in the French countryside, and side trips to Palestine, Egypt, etc... If young film punks made a mean-spirited, mocking parody of contemporary avant-garde film, the results would look a lot like this. You may well be sick and tired of the shallowness and bourgeois sensibilities of film capitalisme, but FILM SOCIALISME should convince you that things could be much worse.

Greg S
Greg S

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Coldly isolationist, random, and purposely impossible to follow.

Robert Fearon
Robert Fearon

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