Saturday, January 24, 2015

Metaphors and other toys: Adieu au Langage (Jean-Luc Godard, 2014)

There's so much to say about Jean-Luc Godard's Adieu au Langage  a movie that's too deliberately cryptic (some would say irritating) to be taken completely seriously, and at the same time too intelligent to be dismissed as a simple divertissement from an octogenarian director who had already secured himself a place in the annals of cinema 50 years ago. The risk is to get lost amidst nebulous conjectures about the story, or succumb to the temptation to summarize in a single sentence the message it supposedly conveys. I'll try to avoid both approaches, focusing instead on some of the questions that occurred to me after the viewing.