Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Every Man For Himself

Sauve qui peut (la vie)
MK2 Productions
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Length: 87 min.
Format: 35mm
Date Viewed: 22 March, 2006

A note to directors: if you are going to include a character in your film that is obviously a stand-in for you, it's not a good idea for you to write him, and in turn reveal yourself, as a man who is keen on having sex with his teenage daughter. I guess this was supposed to be joke in reality, but I must have missed why it's funny, then. And the point of the entire film as well, for that matter. All I really got out of Every Man For Himself is that all people are stupid and mean. The prostitute is supposed to the sole redeeming character of the piece, and yet, it's not exactly clear why we are supposed to care for her. Nothing happens in the film, and the climax comes when one of the characters rents out an apartment - and is as exciting as it sounds. 90 minutes of shitty characters doing largely unexplained shitty things does not a good movie make. Here again, another pretentious waste of time courtesy of Jean-Luc Godard.


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