Film Socialisme

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Film Socialisme
Socialisme one sheet.JPG
Early promotional one-sheet poster
Directed byJean-Luc Godard
Produced byAlain Sarde
CinematographyFabrice Aragno
Paul Grivas
Vega Film
Distributed byWild Bunch
Release date
  • 17 May 2010 (2010-05-17) (Cannes)
  • 19 May 2010 (2010-05-19) (France)
Running time
102 minutes
Box office$410,000[1]

Film Socialisme alternative French title Socialisme, English: Socialism but often referred to as Film Socialism, is a 2010 French film directed by Jean-Luc Godard.

The film was first screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival,[2] 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.[3]


According to the synopsis on the film's official website,[4] 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 motley 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-songwriter and artist Patti Smith.[5]
  • The second movement, Notre Europe ("Our Europe"), is set at a gas station and 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, Palestine, 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.[6][7] 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.

The cruise ship is the Costa Concordia,[5] sailing around the Mediterranean Sea. This ship was wrecked in real life in January 2012.

Critical response[edit]

Reviews for Film Socialisme were mixed. The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports a positive score of 59% based on 58 reviews, with an average rating of 5.37/10.[8] Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 64 out of 100, based on 13 reviews.[9]

Michael Phillips, film critic for the Chicago Tribune gave the movie three stars out of four, writing, "Those receptive to Godard's sense of humor will find Film Socialisme an elusive yet expansive provocation. Those less receptive will find it elusive, period".[10]

British film critic Mark Kermode attended the premiere screening at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, describing it later as the worst film of the festival.[11][12] Kermode would include Film Socialisme in his list of the worst ten films of 2011[13], as well as including it on his list of the 10 worst films released between 2008 to 2018.[14]

Roger Ebert described the film as "an affront. It is incoherent, maddening, deliberately opaque and heedless of the ways in which people watch movies."[15]

Film festival screenings[edit]

Film Socialisme was screened at numerous film festivals around the world including,


  1. ^ "Film Socialisme". JP's Box-Office (in French). Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  2. ^ Leffler, Rebecca (15 April 2010). "Cannes reveals Competition lineup". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 22 April 2010. Retrieved 16 April 2010.
  3. ^ Smith, Nigel M. (16 August 2010). "Eastwood Joins 48th New York Film Festival as 2010 Lineup is Unveiled". IndieWire. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Film Socialisme – une symphonie en trois mouvements" [Film Socialism – a symphony in three movements] (PDF). Film Socialisme. Retrieved 27 January 2019 – via RackCDN.
  5. ^ a b de Corato, Nico (4 February 2012). "Costa Concordia was the set for a movie directed by Jean-Luc Godard". To Be A Travel Agent. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  6. ^ "News: In Production". Vega Film. 5 December 2008. Archived from the original on 27 May 2009. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  7. ^ Sitruk, Anthony. "Socialisme". FilmDeCulte (in French). Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Film Socialisme (2011)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  9. ^ "Film Socialisme". Metacritic. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  10. ^ Phillips, Michael (11 June 2011). "Turns out Godard's worldview includes a llama". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  11. ^ Kermode and Mayo (19 May 2010). "Kermode Uncut: Cannes 2010 Day 6 - The Worst Film of the Festival". YouTube. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
  12. ^ "Film Socialisme reviewed by Mark Kermode". Kermode and Mayo's Film Review. BBC Radio 5 Live. 17 March 2015. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
  13. ^ Kermode and Mayo (29 December 2011). "The Worst Ten Films of 2011". YouTube. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
  14. ^ Kermode and Mayo (28 December 2018). "**The FINAL Kermode Uncut: The Ten Worst Films Of The Last Ten Years - Part Two**". YouTube. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  15. ^ Ebert, Roger (8 June 2011). "Film Socialisme Movie Review & Film Summary (2011)". Retrieved 15 April 2018.

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