Pierrot le Fou

Godard reckons with the failure of his marriage to Anna Karina in this film starring Jean-Paul Belmondo as a writer who leaves his wife for his old flame.

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Dissatisfied in marriage and life, Ferdinand takes to the road with the babysitter, his ex-lover Marianne Renoir, and leaves the bourgeois world behind. Yet this is no normal road trip: the tenth feature in six years by genius auteur Jean-Luc Godard is a stylish mash-up of anticonsumerist satire, au courant politics, and comic-book aesthetics, as well as a violent, zigzag tale of, as Godard called them, “the last romantic couple.”

With blissful colour imagery by cinematographer Raoul Coutard and Belmondo and Karina at their most animated, Pierrot le fou is one of the high points of the French New Wave, and was Godard’s last frolic before he moved ever further into radical cinema.

Jean-Luc Godard, France, 1965, 110 min. French spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Jean-Paul Belmondo, Anna Karina, Graziella Galvani.