Weekend (1967 film)
|Directed by||Jean-Luc Godard|
|Written by||Jean-Luc Godard|
|Music by||Antoine Duhamel|
|Editing by||Agnès Guillemot|
|Distributed by||Athos Films|
|Running time||105 minutes|
Weekend (French: Week-end) is a 1967 black comedy film written and directed by Jean-Luc Godard and starring Mireille Darc and Jean Yanne, both of whom were mainstream French TV stars. Jean-Pierre Léaud, iconic comic star of numerous French New Wave films including Truffaut's Les Quatre Cent Coups (The Four Hundred Blows) and Godard's earlier Masculin, féminin, also appears in two roles. Raoul Coutard served as cinematographer.
We follow bourgeois French married couple, Roland (Jean Yanne) and Corinne (Mireille Darc); each has a secret lover and each is planning the other's murder. They set out by car for Corinne's parents' home in the country to secure her inheritance from her dying father, if necessary by murdering him.
The trip becomes a chaotically picaresque journey through a French countryside populated by bizarre characters and punctuated by violent car accidents. After their own car is destroyed, the characters wander through a series of vignettes involving class struggle and figures from literature and history, creating an overall impression of a humorous and beautiful but also senseless and frightening world.
Corinne and Roland eventually arrive at her parents' place, only to find that her father has died and her mother is refusing them a share of the spoils. They kill her and set off on the road again, only to fall into the hands of a group of hippie revolutionaries supporting themselves through theft and cannibalism, in whose encampment the film ends.
- Mireille Darc as Corinne
- Jean Yanne as Roland
- Paul Gégauff as Pianist
- Jean-Pierre Léaud as Saint-Just
- Blandine Jeanson as Emily Brontë
- Yves Afonso as Tom Thumb
- Juliet Berto as The Radical