Sunday, October 6, 2013

Le Petit Soldat (1963)

Director: Jean-Luc Godard

Writer: Jean-Luc Godard

Composer: Maurice Leroux

Starring: Michel Subor, Anna Karina, Henri-Jacques Huet, Paul Beauvais, Laszlo Szabo, Georges de Beauregard, Gilbert Edard, Jean-Luc Godard

More info: IMDb


Plot: During the Algerian war for independence from France, a young Frenchman living in Geneva who belongs to a right-wing terrorist group and a young woman who belongs to a left-wing terrorist group meet and fall in love. Complications ensue when the man is suspected by the members of his terrorist group of being a double agent.

My rating: 5.5/10

Will I watch it again? No.

Here's another one I saw on the big screen recently.  Despite the theater atmosphere, I was underwhelmed but I hadn't set my sights too high going into it or expected it to, well, suck.  I liked the Geneva, Switzerland location.  It's always neat watching cityscapes and street scenes in old movies, seeing people go about their normal lives behind the actors in the foreground.  There's a long, drawn out torture scene that I thought was handled nicely.  It's not graphic but it shows the captors as people who are just doing their job, one they've done many times and it has become tedious.  Unfortunately my interest began to wane after a half hour and it diminished as the film crawled to the finish line.  I was relieved when "Fin" flashed across the screen. I've seen a couple of Godard's films and thoroughly enjoyed them which, after seeing this one, has me thinking about going back to them.

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