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Legendary director Jean-Luc Godard returns to the screen with Film Socialisme, a magisterial essay on the decline of European Civilization. As a garish cruise ship travels the Mediterranean (with Patti Smith among its guests), Godard embarks on a state of the EU address in a vibrant collage of philosophical quotes, historical revelations and pure cinematographic beauty.
In typical Godardian fashion the film manages to be both strident and elusive, argumentative and opaque.A.O. Scott, New York Times, 06.02.2011
This is Godard's most focused statement in years. Yet what he's saying is often leftist agitprop.Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, 06.15.2011
Only ardent followers will gravitate to this enigmatic work.Jordan Mintzer, Variety, 06.03.2011
Cranky old Godard can be tiresome, but his reactionary radicalism is still illuminated by flashes of brilliance.Mark Jenkins, NPR, 06.08.2011