- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 28 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: June 26, 2012
- Originally Released: 1975
- Label: Olive Films
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - French
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"No, it's not about politics, it's about sex... No, it's not about sex, it's about politics..."
- offscreen narrator (Jean-Luc Godard) describing the film
New York Times - 06/19/1981
"...Technically stunning....[In this film] exists the possibility of increased self-awareness..."
Film Comment - 07/01/2012
"Remarkable and provocative..."
Sight and Sound - 07/01/2012
"[An essay] on the nature of unknowability in a world controlled by corporate commercialism..."
One of the high points of Jean-Luc Godard's challenging 1970s work, NUMÉRO DEUX shows us the world of a working-class French family through the fracturing prism of layered and juxtaposed video images. Godard and fellow collaborator Anne-Marie Miéville focus on the shifting relationships of this family as they lead lives of not-so-quiet desperation in an austere, claustrophobic apartment. The resulting film is a dense tapestry that simultaneously examines various facets of family life in contemporary capitalist society, including materialism, old age, childhood trauma, sexual politics, and rape.
The decision to film this story in such a daring fashion--splitting the screen into innumerable variations--only enhances Godard and Miéville's point. As we watch the young married couple (Sandrine Battistella and Pierre Oudrey) slowly drift apart from one another, the cold, distant images add even greater loss to their disintegrating relationship. In focusing on the more somber aspects of family life, the filmmakers have crafted a bold commentary on familial dysfunction, which at the same time works superficially as a visual tour-de-force of stunning originality.
Originally touted as the remake of Jean-Luc Godard's own classic BREATHLESS, NUMÉRO DEUX (a collaboration with Anne-Marie Miéville) is actually the director's vision of the modern family unit losing its meaning in an increasingly computerized and mass-produced world.
- Theatrical release: November 4, 1976.
- Shot on video and film.
- Other technical collaborators on the film were Milka Assaf and Gerard Martin.