Early promotional one-sheet poster
|Directed by||Jean-Luc Godard|
|Produced by||Ruth Waldburger|
|Distributed by||Wild Bunch|
|Running time||102 minutes|
The film was first screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, to a widely varying reception, and released in France two days later, on 19 May 2010. It screened at the 48th New York Film Festival in 2010, the 27th film that Godard has shown at the festival.
According to the synopsis on the film's official website, the film is composed of three movements:
- The first movement, Des choses comme ça ("Such things") is set on a cruise ship, featuring multi-lingual conversations among a medley collection of passengers. Characters include an aging war criminal, a former United Nations official, and a Russian detective, There is a brief cameo appearance by American singer Patti Smith.
- The second movement, Notre Europe ("Our Europe"), involves a pair of children, a girl and her younger brother, summoning their parents to appear before the "tribunal of their childhood", demanding serious answers on the themes of liberty, equality, and fraternity.
- The final movement, Nos humanités ("Our humanities"), visits six legendary sites: Egypt, Israel, Odessa, Greece, Naples, and Barcelona.
Principal photography began in 2008, and the film was originally scheduled for a 10 January 2010 release, but an extended post-production delayed its release. Most of the film was shot around the Mediterranean Sea.
The film is Godard's first in HD video and the 16:9 aspect ratio, as well as his first in several decades not be photographed with an intended aspect ratio of 4:3. Though Godard was one of the first major directors to shoot and edit on video, and has incorporated video footage and editing into most of his work since the mid-1970s, this is the first theatrical release from him to be shot entirely in a digital format. As with many of his films, Godard's partner Anne-Marie Miéville worked on the film, other people credited as collaborators being Fabrice Aragno and Louma Sanbar, who also have worked with Godard before.
- Catherine Tanvier: the mother
- Christian Sinniger: the father
- Jean-Marc Stehlé: Otto Golberg
- Olga Riazanova: Russian secret agent
- Élisabeth Vitali: journalist FR3
- Eye Haidara: cameraman FR3
- Patti Smith: the singer guitarist
- Nadège Beausson-Diagne: Constance
- Alain Badiou: the philosopher
- Robert Maloubier: the person in real life
- Agatha Couture
- Maurice Sarfati
- Lenny Kaye
- Bernard Maris
- Elias Sanbar
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