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Bande part (Band of Outsiders)
One of pioneering director Jean-Luc Godard's most accessible films is this French spin on Dolores Hitchens' novel Fool's Gold. It tells the tale of three disaffected youths who plan a burglary, leading to deadly results. The alienated young trio is marvelous, particularly Anna Karina, and the early scenes of their clearly overdeveloped fantasy lives are splendidly handled. Something of a companion piece to Godard's classic Bout de Souffle, its young characters have the same odd mixture of fatalism and starry-eyed navet that is, by turns, appealing and tragic. Trivia buffs… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This 1964 feature remains one of Godard's most appealing and underrated films, relatively relaxed and strangely optimistic."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Delivers one clever idea atop another."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"Besides being a stirring portrait of a youth culture in crisis, the film is very charming and accessible - especially for anyone that's experienced teen once a snapshot in time and a timeless piece of cinema."
‑ Eric Melin,
"An early masterpiece from Godard, trail-blazing, involving and charmingly enjoyable."
‑ , Film4
"Grave, light-hearted and quietly poetic."
‑ Philippa Hawker, Sydney Morning Herald
"One of Godard's most open and enjoyable films."
‑ , Time Out
"It's as if a French poet took an ordinary banal American crime novel and told it to us in terms of the romance and beauty he read between the lines."
‑ Pauline Kael, The New Republic
"So polished and assured it casts the supremely difficult illusion of being easy to make."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"It offers 10 times more pleasures than the average picture."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"One must remember that even a lesser Godard is likely to be much more stimulating than another director's better films."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"As charming as seasoned film buffs remember and as refreshing as initiates expect."
‑ Philip Wuntch, Dallas Morning News
"The structure of the film feels like freedom. And truth."
‑ Steven Rosen, Denver Post
"The film sees Godard parsing out his feelings for Karina, then his wife, and meditating on the mercurial nature of his own preoccupations."
‑ Jaime N. Christley, Slant Magazine
"One of Godard's most accessible pictures. A good place to learn how much of a debt modern cinema owes him."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"A pair of set pieces -- the trio dancing in unison in a bar and their famous 9-minute, 43-second run through the Louvre -- make the movie worthwhile alone, but the disjointed, meandering, and somewhat random narrative isn't anything to write home about."
‑ Christopher Null,
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