Dir: Michel Hazanavicius | France | 2017 | 107 mins | subtitles
Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) undertakes a biopic of French cinema’s most notorious director, Jean-Luc Godard that is far from conventional. Adapted from the autobiographical novel Un an après by actor Anne Wiazemsky (who appears in La Chinoise), the film sets the unravelling of their marriage against Godard’s spectacular philosophical and artistic meltdown during the volatile events of 1968. At the outset, the tone is light, comedic and jaunty, with a flavour of the director’s own early work, part-pastiche, part-tribute. However, as Godard is caught up in the protest movement and follows a nihilistic path that sees him lose touch with his audience and reject his wife, the mood darkens and becomes more disturbing. Redoutable manages to be both a brilliant evocation of 1968 France and a thought-provoking, multi-layered portrait of an enigmatic and influential auteur.
“Even JLG unconditionals might find deux ou trois choses to enjoy.” Jonathan Romney, Sight & Sound
Preview courtesy of Thunderbird Releasing