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NOTRE MUSIQUE

France / Switzerland, 2004 (MIFF 2004, FedEx International Panorama)

Director: Jean-Luc Godard

Notre Musique France/Switzerland

The latest film from venerable 73-year-old French auteur Jean-Luc Godard arrives direct from its slot in Official Selection at Cannes. Set in three parts''Hell', 'Purgatory' and 'Heaven''Notre Musique is a philosophical meditation on the impact of warfare upon the human psyche, filtered through the essence of cinema. Luminously photographed and emotionally resonant, Notre Musique utilises images from films including Apocalypse Now and Kiss Me Deadly, and has a soundscape that includes pieces from artists such as Tchaikovsky and Arvo Pärt.

'The film is riddled, as usual, with literary quotations and allusions to film and paintings' the passage from 'Hell' to 'Heaven', however ironic, suggests a kind of optimism, and at the very least evinces a faith in the enduring strength of words'language seeming to be the 'music' of the title. Notre Musique shows that Godard, in his sixth decade of filmmaking, has lost none of his pugnacious invention nor his formidable intellectual curiosity.' -screen International

D/S Jean-Luc Godard P Alain Sarde, Ruth Waldburger WS Wild Bunch L French, English, Spanish w/English subtitles TD 35mm/Col/2004/80mins

Jean-Luc Godard was born in Paris, France in 1930. Films include: Breathless (1960), Le Mépris (1963), Weekend (1968), In Praise of Love (MIFF 2002).

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