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Pierrot le Fou

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
France, Italy, 1965
Crime, Drama, Romance


Pierrot escapes his bourgeoisie existence by taking to the road with the babysitter, his ex-lover Marianne. Being pursued by foreign thugs, they embark on a haphazard crime spree through the French countryside all the way to the Mediterranean.

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Pierrot le Fou Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
Godard once referred to Pierrot le fou as his second “first film,” and its liberated tone, coupled with the rapidity at which it flits from idea to idea, certainly marks a turning point in the filmmaker’s body of work. Yet the doomed romantic pairing at the film’s center provides a solid emotional anchor for the freewheeling mania.
November 20, 2017
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Like the majority of Godard’s 60s output, plot takes a backseat to style and irreverence in Pierrot Le Fou… By the time Godard shot the film, he and Karina had divorced. The resulting depiction of what Godard called “the last romantic couple” bristles with the filmmaker’s pain and humiliation over the breakup.
March 02, 2016
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His 1965 working version of it is very bright, a little anarchic, a soupcon sexy, quite silly, a tiny bit too long. Ferdinand lives up to his nickname—Pierrot the clown is eternally getting dumped. But murder-suicide isn’t the point, we must remember. What fool said there was one?
December 16, 2015
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