5 wins & 5 nominations.
Cannes Film Festival 2014
Munich Film Festival 2014
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA 2015
Prix Louis Delluc 2014
Village Voice Film Poll 2014
"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 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."
—Godard in a handwritten synopsis first posted onTwitter
Goodbye to Language (French: Adieu au Langage) is a 2014 French-Swiss 3D
experimental—narrative essay film written and directed by Jean-Luc Godard. It
stars Héloise Godet, Kamel Abdeli, Richard Chevallier, Zoé Bruneau and Christian
Grégori and was shot by cinematographer Fabrice Aragno. It is Godard''s 39th
feature film and 121st film or video project. The film''s title has a double
meaning. In the French-speaking parts of Switzerland, the word "adieu" can mean
both goodbye and hello. The film depicts a young couple having an affair until
the woman''s husband finds out and the man ends up dead. Two pairs of actors
portray the young couple and their actions repeat and mirror one another.
Godard''s own dog Roxy Miéville has a prominent role in the film and won a prize
at the Cannes Film Festival. Like many of Godard''s films it includes numerous
quotes and references to previous artistic, philosophical and scientific works,
most prominently those of Jacques Ellul, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and Mary
Godard became interested in making a 3D film in 2010 and asked Aragno to make
some camera tests. Aragno was dissatisfied with the results of a professional 3D
camera and built his own custom rigs using Canon 5Ds and Flip Minos. Aragno
broke many of the standard rules for 3D cinematography, experimenting in
production and post-production. Godard and Aragno worked on the film for four
years, each shooting footage independently before officially beginning
production with the actors. Godard edited a 2D version of the film before he and
Aragno perfected the 3D cut with color correction and surround sound.
It premiered in competition at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and won the Jury
Prize. It was later screened at such festivals as the New York Film Festival and
the Locarno International Film Festival. It was distributed in France by Wild
Bunch and in the US by Kino Lorber and won Best Picture at the 2014 National
Society of Film Critics Awards.
The film received many good reviews and was listed as one of the best films of
the year by several prominent critics. Some critics praised its visual style
while others criticized its plot as "incomprehensible" and called Godard
pretentious. David Bordwell said it was the best 3D film that he had ever seen.
Bordwell and several other critics have attempted to interpret the film, both
through its themes and narrative and for its use of 3D.
Some of the film''s more elaborate shots have been called innovative and new
techniques of the film vocabulary. These includes a shot referred to as
"separation" in which a single, unbroken shot splits into two separate shots
that can be viewed simultaneously through either the left or the right eye, and
then returns to one single 3D shot. Aragno and Godard also experimented with
double exposure 3D images and shots with parallaxs that are difficult for the
human eye to see.