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Nouvelle vague

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
Switzerland, France, 1990
Drama, Avant-Garde


Elena Torlato-Favrini, a headstrong Italian countess and heiress to a business empire, considers herself superior to any man.

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Nouvelle vague Directed by Jean-Luc Godard

Critics reviews

The very title suggests Godard’s vast ambition: a two-part story starring Alain Delon as two brothers who may be the same person conjures a vision of an Old and New Testament that is also the story of the classic cinema and Godard’s own. It’s filmed on a vast estate akin to the one owned by Godard’s maternal grandparents, and the movie is filled with the social and artistic graces of his privileged childhood, offering a painterly, verdant, glossy, and sea-splashed beauty.
October 10, 2013
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  • dionysus67's rating of the film Nouvelle vague

    Enticing the specator's aesthetic expectations by providing some exquisite pans and lateral shots across the gardens of a lakeside mansion, Godard elliptical intersections retain here an unusual flow as quotes and movements supply each other with visual and oral puns for reflection and repose. Deconstructing ingeniously the icon of the car as well as bourgeoisie's own illusions of seclusion it is a cinema diatribe.

  • Marc St-Cyr (Death cinéphilia)'s rating of the film Nouvelle vague

    Truly a gorgeous work of art. This film possesses a « natural beauty » that i never seen before. I still trying to found out where they've seen the allegory about the film industry... (i know from Godard himself at 1990's Cannes...). It's clear that Godard believe will to power, money and sex spoiled art, human relation, communication and love. Nature and poetry trying hardly to resist to it. A true renaissance.

  • nrh's rating of the film Nouvelle vague

    godard stages the same old story he's staged since breathless - man undone by femme fatale - but the film ruptures halfway through, and it becomes something else entirely: a hawksian comedy of re-marriage, filtered through centuries of prose, music, and image-making traditions, rendered somewhat ageless in the light of the country side. in godard's career, perhaps his only real love story (thus his most painful).

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film Nouvelle vague

    As far as an experimental film, it's fine. It just didn't need to be a full feature. It's similar to 'Wings of Desire' which was made 3 years earlier in the overlapping of voices. Unlike 'Wings' though, it's hard to keep track of who's saying what, or even if they're really even talking to each other. More like quotes from books, or repeating what other people are saying. Eventually you just go insane.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Nouvelle vague

    I still say late Godard's characters quote too much, reducing themselves to vehicles for hit-and-miss aphorisms. But as a filmmaker, Godard was brilliant well beyond the 60s, and he still had his eye on the big picture. This one, a fragmented allegory of love (or is it money?) where man and woman take turns struggling for dominance, is burned into my brain as a provocative, super-saturated vision. An endless loop.

  • Lynch/Fellini's rating of the film Nouvelle vague

    A lot like to discuss the "romance" of the film, but to me the stronger aspects were Godard's Marxist themes!

  • Chris_Parker's rating of the film Nouvelle vague

    The image track tells one story (involving characters who gradually swap dominant & submissive relationship roles) & the soundtrack another (dialogue consists almost entirely of literary quotations) yet both frequently intersect to create a rich tapestry of sight & sound that functions as an affirmation of the possibility of love in the modern world & that also serves as a curiously optimistic farewell to socialism.

  • Royce Jr.'s rating of the film Nouvelle vague

    Each character appeared to be out of one different book, living in one's own world and repeatedly quoting and jumping sequence to sequence. together with lots of references from other films which makes it a mess. There are good lines but overall too pretentious and painful to watch

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