Uncut - 04/01/2005
"It's an energetic collage....It's a riot of mental stimulation."
Sight and Sound - 05/01/2005
"[I]t's galvanised by the energy and wit with which Godard tackles his material."
This dense, layered, and highly political film is an example of French auteur Jean-Luc Godard's work at its most challenging and exhilarating, adding another powerful social commentary to his startlingly original 1960s catalogue. The "her" of the title refers to two objects: Juliette, a woman who resides in one of Paris's drab, ugly suburbs, and the capital city itself. Using a fragmented narrative style that mirrors Juliette's clipped, confused existence, Godard looks at a day in the life of Juliette and the cast of Parisian women that revolves around her. A constant juxtaposition of images compares Juliette's alienating existence as a housewife and a prostitute with the equally alienating and constantly changing face of Paris--seen in documentary-style footage, shot in glorious CinemaScope by Raoul Coutard. Godard also sets his sights on the concept of language itself, questioning the reality of words, their history, and their ability to convey the truth of actual day-to-day occurrences. Godard himself provides a whispered, but very trenchant, narration throughout the film, which further implicates the modern world for moving too quickly and soullessly, condemning the escalating violence in Vietnam, the growing infatuation with television, and the world's animalistic dependence on sex and sexuality. Simply put, this is cinema at its most thought provoking.
In 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her (2 ou 3 choses que je sais d'elle) Jean-Luc Godard beckons us ever closer, literally whispering in our ears as narrator. About what' Money, sex, fashion, the city, love, language, war: in a word, everything. Considered by many to be among the legendary French filmmaker's finest achievements, the film takes as its ostensible subject the daily life of Juliette Janson (Marina Vlady), a housewife from the Paris suburbs who prostitutes herself for extra money. Yet this is only a template for Godard to spin off into provocative philosophical tangents and gorgeous images. 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her is perhaps Godard's most revelatory look at consumer culture, shot in ravishing widescreen color by Raoul Coutard.
TWO OR THREE THINGS I KNOW ABOUT HER depicts a middle-class housewife who becomes occupied with part-time prostitution as a way to occupy and distract herself from her ordinary life. Highly acclaimed film from New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard, combining social comment with dazzling visual style.
New Wave (Film) |
Paris, France |
Theatrical release: March 17, 1967 (France) September 25, 1968 (U.S.A.)
Shot on location in Paris, France.
Chapter titles within the film include: "18 Lessons on Industrial Society," "On Class: Further Lessons on Industrial Societies," "Psychology of Forms," "The Great Hope of the 20th Century," and "Sociology of the Novel."