21 July 2011 | MartinHafer
See Jean-Luc Godard act...if you're into that sort of thing.
For fans of the French New Wave, this is a must-see film as you actually get to see a young Jean-Luc Godard acting! Unfortunately, it's only a 12 minute long film, however, so don't get your hopes set too high.
This is one of director Eric Rohmer's first films--a short that appears more like an experiment than a commercial product. And, as a New Wave film, it's allowed to defy typical conventions (like a plot). When the film begins, the narrator (Godard) explains what is happening and what has happened--as if he's explaining what had occurred on the first reel (as if it was lost). It's odd...but again, it's New Wave.
Much of the film consists of Godard and a lady standing around her apartment. She cooks for him, he wants to kiss and she just sits down to eat. Exciting stuff, huh? Well, no...it's not--it's exceptionally talky and dull. But it did help Rohmer and Godard to perfect their craft, so it's a film that their fans would adore--despite being very low energy. As I am not a huge fan of either, however, I found it all pretty mundane--like watching a student film would normally be or like watching paint dry.
As this is an experimental and non-commercial film, I am declining to give this one a numerical rating.