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WEEKEND

Jean-Luc Godard | 1967 | 95 MINS
France | Subtitles
A surreal tale of a married couple going on a road trip to visit the wife's parents with the intention of killing them for the inheritance. A revolutionary breakthrough in narrative cinema.

In Detail

'Weekend' remains one of the most legendary, audacious and acclaimed films of Godard’s distinguished career. It follows a bickering, scheming, bourgeois couple who leave Paris for the French countryside to claim an inheritance by nefarious means.

Almost immediately, they become entangled in a cataclysmic traffic jam, which is just the beginning of a journey fraught with violent and dangerous encounters: rape, murder, pillage and even cannibalism. Famed for its virtuoso cinematography - including a stunning ten-minute tracking shot of the traffic jam - Godard's dystopian road movie is a ferocious attack on consumerism.

‘Weekend’ is about violence, hatred, the end of ideology and the approaching cataclysm that will destroy civilisation. Godard abandons any attempt to show us "real" war or destruction. Instead, he shows us attitudes: the casual indifference to suffering that saturates our society. A towering and exhilarating piece of cinema that seems to embody the social upheaval of the 1960s in one bracing, often shocking, cinematic experience.

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