Éloge de l'amour

TSPDT Greatest Films #974 Éloge de l'amour (Jean-Luc Godard, 2001)

Yes another Godard film reviewed at Le Mot du Cinephiliaque! Since the late 1950's Jean-Luc Godard has always made original, uncompromized, and dense films. As you can see with the series of reviews on Le Mot du Cinephiliaque about his films lately, I am trying to figure out the entire filmography from this one of a kind character.

Éloge de l'amour is far from the early films Godard used to make. It's more like a lesson he's telling us through his oeuvre. Told in three parts, Éloge de l'amour is Godard's continuation on his essays about modernity and how the capitalist era led by the imperialism of Americanism has changed lives of people from around the world. With few camera movements and few angles of the same scene Godard let the charaters reflect their lives and identities one the screen. This is what's important and everything else doesn't matter. Because, since the late 1960's Godard has been one of the major figures of the left Maoists, especially with the Dziga Vertov group. The last chapter of his career is indeed named Film socialiste. His 2001 film, Éloge de l'amour is a very hard film to get into and someone who is not acquainted to this genre of film will be lost for a bit. But with some perspective, the film fits perfectly in the "cinéaste's" oeuvre.

When a director makes a political film he always inject his opinion or vision into the film and sometimes the subjectivity of the filmmaker can be annoying, here it is subtler than Godard used to pass his messages. Still, his social oriented vision weights heavy on the "propos" of Éloge de l'amour. One can conclude by saying that the man is still awake and his films still feel fresh as they were back in the 1960's.

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