Jean-Luc Godard’s scathing late-sixties satire is one of cinema’s great anarchic works. Determined to collect an inheritance from a dying relative, a petit-bourgeois couple travel across the French countryside while civilization crashes and burns around them. Featuring a justly famous centerpiece single take of an endless traffic jam, WEEKEND is a surreally funny and deeply disturbing expression of social oblivion that ended the first phase of Godard’s career — and, according to the credits, cinema itself.
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“Year after year, Jean-Luc Godard has been chipping away at the language of cinema. Now, in WEEKEND, he has just about got down to the bare bones. This is his best film, and his most inventive. It is almost pure movie. It is sure to be ardently disliked by a great many people, Godard fans among them. But revolutionary films always take some time for audiences to catch up.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, 1969