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  • Summary: The idea is simple: A married woman and a single man meet. They love, they argue, fists fly. A dog strays between town and country. The seasons pass. The man and woman meet again. The dog finds itself between them. The other is in one, the one is in the other and they are three. The formerThe idea is simple: A married woman and a single man meet. They love, they argue, fists fly. A dog strays between town and country. The seasons pass. The man and woman meet again. The dog finds itself between them. The other is in one, the one is in the other and they are three. The former husband shatters everything. A second film begins: the same as the first, and yet not. From the human race we pass to metaphor. This ends in barking and a baby's cries. In the meantime, we will have seen people talking of the demise of the dollar, of truth in mathematics and of the death of a robin. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Mar 19, 2015
    100
    When all is said and done, Goodbye to Language may simply be about Jean-Luc Godard exploring 3-D filmmaking, in the same way “The Shining” is really just about Stanley Kubrick wanting to fart around with a Steadicam. Which, honestly, is fine. Great artists use new tools to discover new vehicles for seeing, understanding, living. Be thankful we get to come along for the ride.
  2. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Oct 29, 2014
    91
    What Goodbye To Language presents — with its nonstop chatter, its endless musical and literary quotations, and its silly puns and poop jokes — is a dense, expressive, aggressive new medium rich with possibilities for juxtaposing images and creating meaning.
  3. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Oct 28, 2014
    90
    To muddle through confusion, boredom, vaguely formed interest, brief elation, and confusion again is to experience the work as its creator intended.
  4. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    May 24, 2014
    80
    It’s nice to see this great filmmaker sculpting something that feels genuinely revelatory. That’s not to say that the 3-D Goodbye to Language is always an easy sit.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe McGovern
    Nov 6, 2014
    75
    Packed with dazzling images, the film makes 3-D feel like something brand-new to the medium.
  6. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Oct 29, 2014
    60
    At only 70 minutes, Goodbye to Language, a Cannes Film Fest Grand Prix winner, has no discernible plot. It’s more like whiffs of a story we sense happening somewhere outside the film.
  7. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Oct 29, 2014
    0
    Dr. Godard drops and quotes more names than you’d find in a week’s worth of Page Six, but lots of luck figuring any of this out before dozing off. The good thing about Goodbye to Language is that you’ll wake up with no side effects, albeit your wallet will be $12 lighter.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 4 out of 7
  1. Dec 3, 2014
    10
    'Goodbye to language' is a most beautiful and synaesthesic experience in cinema. Godard comes back. It's curious that a director 83 aged-old'Goodbye to language' is a most beautiful and synaesthesic experience in cinema. Godard comes back. It's curious that a director 83 aged-old is the Cinema Avat-garde yet. It is like a Schoenberg's piece made in theatre. Expand
  2. Dec 29, 2014
    8
    Goodbye to Language is a bizarre trip, unlike anything I've ever seen. It reminds me of the film briefly previewed in the documentary 'ExitGoodbye to Language is a bizarre trip, unlike anything I've ever seen. It reminds me of the film briefly previewed in the documentary 'Exit Through the Gift Shop' called 'Life Remote Control'. It is a series of dichotomous imagery and non-sequitor narrations that in absolutely no way cohede into something comprehensive on a logical, sensical, or realistic level. There is a goldmine of ambiguity and symbolism here. However, this is so dense, dense as a brick, that I find it will require MULTIPLE viewings to truly mesh into a thematic whole, and then even MORE viewings after that to finally come to a resolute storyline. I do have interest to see it again, but I don't know if it would be a fruitful usage of my time. Definitely a standout work of the art-house output in 2014. You guys want a challenging flick? Check this out. I'm still baffled. Expand
  3. Jan 29, 2015
    7
    Godard's GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE 3D employs the best use of 3D I have ever witnessed. This is filmmaking of the highest caliber. There are twoGodard's GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE 3D employs the best use of 3D I have ever witnessed. This is filmmaking of the highest caliber. There are two scenes in particular where Godard superimposes two 3D images and then merges them into one. Astouding, disorienting, confusing, brilliant! The audience applauded. Then there's Godard's use of color, b&w and everything in-between with film and video stock ever changing.

    And last but not least there is Roxy Mieville. An astounding dog, giving one of the best animal performances ever. He's just a dog, not a trained movie dog. Actually, he's Godard's dog.

    Unfortunately, all this brilliance is in service to the same philosophies and politics Godard has been pursuing since the mid-60s. Sadly, the man cannot move on. There is actually discussion of Mao! Dude, it's 2015. I love you Godard but please make a film that captures our time. We need and deserve it. And use Roxy again. He's pretty great.
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  4. Apr 20, 2015
    1
    Jean-Luc Godard's influence in cinema is indisputable, but the line between genius and madman is thin, just as the line between art andJean-Luc Godard's influence in cinema is indisputable, but the line between genius and madman is thin, just as the line between art and pretentious trash. In short, "Goodbye to Language" is an unintelligible mess of a film. The only innovative aspect was the 3D, which is the only thing why this is worth watching. At 72 minutes long, "Goodbye to Language" feels thrice its length. Expand
  5. Apr 21, 2015
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Worst. 3D Movie. Ever.

    Quite possibly the worst French film I have ever seen and I have seen
    quite a few, An SNL parody would have been better. This is the kind of
    movie that makes Ed Wood seem an Orson Welles by comparison. I am
    perplexed that the AFI would include this in a 3D movie festival but
    apparently the name Godard counts for something,.

    Best line - "the dog looks depressed," No kidding.

    Everything about this movie shows contempt for whoever watches it. The
    3D is a textbook example of things one should never do with 3D, too
    close and too far and too jerky with parallax shifts for no apparent
    reason and for some reason intentionally shifts the parallax from left
    right to up down while rotating the image. The audio has intentionally
    annoying cuts and gaps adding to a sense of discontinuity that needed
    no help what so ever.

    Literally, the best part of the movie was the frequent pooping.

    Notable, Fritz Lang's Metropolis appears on the TV screen in the room
    where the man and woman do their best to hone ennui to a dull edge
    while Rotwang and Maria add some gravitas that goes nowhere.

    MERDE!

    BTW - I shoot 3D.
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  6. Nov 17, 2014
    0
    I still can't believe this won the Jury Prize in Cannes this year. The story loses because all those names and quotes, the history lessons,I still can't believe this won the Jury Prize in Cannes this year. The story loses because all those names and quotes, the history lessons, the changing scenes and the annoying sounds. I've never been so bored in a movie. Expand
  7. Nov 25, 2014
    0
    In the end I felt as if 70 minutes of my life had been stolen... not to mention nauseous from the unbelievably bad 3D cinematography andIn the end I felt as if 70 minutes of my life had been stolen... not to mention nauseous from the unbelievably bad 3D cinematography and editing. How could it have won an award? This film was a mishmash of Hitler, nudity, and too many overly long scenes of an ugly man sitting on a toilet. There was no discernible plot, no character development... The best thing about the film was the home movie of Godard's dog and even that had been spoiled by over saturated colors and poorly applied 3D. Apparently this movie is the swan song of an over-the- hill director and his cadre of sycophants that seem to believe if you make it painful enough to watch it must be "art". Expand

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