Le Petit Soldat (The Little Soldier)
Le Petit Soldat (The Little Soldier) (2013)

Le Petit Soldat (The Little Soldier), writer/director Jean-Luc Godard's second feature film, was made in 1960 but immediately banned in France due to its sensitive political content and did not premiere until 1963. Michel Subor (Beau… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 11, 2001
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York

Even this early in his career, Godard knew how to make audiences viscerally experience and contemplate things they might otherwise not have wanted to.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

ubor's contemplative voice-over and Raoul Coutard's somber cinematography make this seem severe compared to the jazzy exuberance of Breathless.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

A dry-ice parody of a spy thriller, an acute snapshot of the politics of struggle and the politics of relationships, and a captivating documentary account of a filmmaker falling in love with his actress

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Scott Foundas
Village Voice

It's a classic espionage plot shot through with a typically heady mix of art and literary references: Klee and Velázquez, Bach and Haydn, Bernanos and Musil.

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Time Out

Looked at in the context of Godard's later, militant work, this film's analysis is at once naive and fascinating.

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Dan Jardine
Daily-Reviews

Godard's followup to Breathless is both lesser and greater than its forefather.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Gradually it becomes clearer that, starting with Le Petit Soldat, Godard was forging his own individualistic art and becoming the most relevant director of our time.

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Drew Hunt
Slant Magazine

In many ways, Jean-Luc Godard's Le Petit Soldat is equal to Breathless in its inventiveness and exuberance.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Le Petit Soldat is far more confusing than Breathless, jumping in and out of scenes without letting the audience get a grasp on the narrative.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Anthony Lawrie
I much prefer Godard's early work, Le Petit Soldat being his first political film and as far as I've seen, his best. First off, it looks great, new… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "Le Petit Soldat," Bruno(Michel Subor) is an undercover antiterrorist agent in Geneva who works for the French Information… More
El Hombre Invisible
An early Jean-Luc Godard film that was made on a shoestring budget about a young revolutionary, Bruno, living in Geneva who is fighting against French… More
Tom S.
Underrated as a founding film of the French New Wave.
Eric Broome
The title is misleading -- there are no true soldiers in this film, and no uniforms. This is a movie about urban terrorism, plotted by young men in suits and… More