Notre Musique

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Notre Musique Review


Subtitled "an essay," Notre Musique (literally "our music") is exactly that -- an almost clinical research paper from the 74-year-old Jean-Luc Godard about how cruel the world is -- particularly in southern Europe and the middle east. The film is basically formless, broken into three segments (Hell, Purgatory, Heaven), each ironic in its own way. Heaven, for example, is set on a beach that is surrounded by a fence and American guards.

Godard isn't exactly swinging for subtlety here, indicting war and the (admittedly real) world police state for the decay of society. Intercutting stock photography with baffling scenes of conversations (an American Indian berates a man sitting at a table in a bombed-out building in Yugoslavia), Godard attempts to paint modern Europe as Dante's various circles of Hell -- but one fears he has lost 90 percent of the audience in the first 10 minutes.



Notre Musique

Facts and Figures

Run time: 80 mins

In Theaters: Wednesday 19th May 2004

Box Office USA: $33.2k

Distributed by: Optimum Releasing

Production compaines: Avventura Films, P%C3%A9riph%C3%A9ria, Télévision Suisse Romande

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 67%
Fresh: 37 Rotten: 18

IMDB: 7.0 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Starring: as Judith Lerner, as Olga Brodsky, as Ramos Garcia, Jean-Christophe Bouvet as C. Maillard, George Aguilar as Indian, Ferlyn Brass as Himself, Leticia Gutiérrez as Indian, Aline Schulmann as Spanish Translator, as Himself, Juan Goytisolo as Himself, Mahmoud Darwich as Himself, Jean-Paul Curnier as Himself, Pierre Bergounioux as Himself, Gilles Pecqueux as Himself

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