Contempt (2008)

Based on the novel by Alberto Moravia, this is the story of a young woman caught in a troubled marriage and the end of the relationship. Camille (Brigitte Bardot) is a sensual, amorous woman married to a scriptwriter. Paul (Michel Piccoli)… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 26, 2002
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This powerful work of essential cinema joins "meta" with "physique," casting Brigite Bardot and director Godard's inspiration Fritz Lang.

Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice

Possibly Godard's most melancholy film and probably his most beautiful ...

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Inevitably a melancholy film, but a memorable one as well.

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Dan Jardine

Who is the Godard guy and how could he make something as humdrum yet full-of-itself as Contempt?

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

What's the price of selling out? Contempt asks the question of its characters, its audience, and its own director.

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Cole Smithey

Instinctively self-reflexive, "Contempt" ("Le Mepris") is one of Jean-Luc Goddard's brightest achievements

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Emanuel Levy

Godard's self-reflexive meditation about love, marriage, and filmmaking is a masterpiece, which among other things, proves that sex symbol Brigitte Bardot could act.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Godard sets interesting scenes, with provocative color combinations and a suggestive pictorial flow. But out of it all comes nothing -- or very little that tells you why this wife is so contemptuous of her husband. Maybe he should be contemptuous of her!

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Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine

A rich and heady cocktail of the various things swimming around in Jean-Luc Godard's mind at the time of its production.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's talky and filled with broken rhythms and a running stream of thoughts, and is boldly told in exaggerated stylized terms.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A powerful and devastating story that depicts with painful honesty the gradual dismantling of a marriage triggered by an ambiguous lack of trust, and it is a… More
Michael Gildea
Admittedly, I've had a copy of this movie for years but have never gotten through the whole thing until last night. Jesus Christ, was a pretentious piece… More
Reid Volk
Godard's first major international picture is a visual feast. The use of Cinescope is startling and the colors are so brilliant that they seem to leap off… More
Stefanie C
Cinematically rich! The dissolution of a marriage is poetically juxtaposed to the mythic tale of 'The Odyssey.' This film is also a commentary on… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"There's nothing like the movies. Usually, when you see women, they're dressed. But put them in a movie, and you see their… More
danny d
when marital bliss turns into marital discord, it can be swift, painful, and incredibly confusing. some of the shots in this film are phenomenal and the… More

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