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Two or Three Things I Know About Her

(Deux ou trois choses que je sais d’elle)
France 1966. Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Cast: Marina Vlady, Roger Montsoret, Anny Duperey, Jean Narboni, Christophe Bourseiller

Godard authority James Monaco calls Two or Three Things “arguably the greatest film made by arguably the most important world director to emerge since WWII." He’s not alone in considering it Godard’s chef-d’oeuvre. Inspired by a newspaper article on prostitution amongst suburban Parisian housewives, Godard's movie is a kinetic, kaleidoscopic treatise on the consumer society as brothel, offering a damning yet wildly exuberant indictment of systemic sexism and wanton materialism. Marina Vlady plays Juliette, a homemaker in an ugly suburban housing complex who begins moonlighting as a prostitute in order to afford more consumer goods. Gigantic (now-legendary) close-ups of coffee cups and cigarettes contend with giddy colours, bold inter-titles, numerous quotations, and the director's self-doubting voice-over. Typical of Godard's work of the period, sexual exploitation is equated with capitalist oppression — and, more specifically, American capitalism and imperialism. “One of the ten best films in the history of cinema" (J. Hoberman, Village Voice). “A shock to the cinematic system ... Godard offers us multiple, intersecting, fragmented stories involving gender, language, consumerism, imperialism, and the topographies of desire represented by Paris and Juliette ... A must-see-now” (Manohla Dargis, New York Times). Colour, 35mm in French with English subtitles. 90 mins.

 

REVIEWS

"One of the most beautiful films of the young Jean-Luc Godard, a great French cineaste, poet and frustrated lover."

Chicago Tribune | full review

"One of Godard's most stimulating investigations of images and surfaces — the meanings they convey and the webs they spin."

Chicago Reader | full review