Masculin Feminin
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Masculine Feminine was Jean-Luc Godard's first (but not his last) foray into the burgeoning "Children of the Sixties" generation -- or, as Godard described it, "the children of Marx and Coca-Cola." Impressionable teenager Paul (Jean-Pierre Léaud) tries to make sense of the world by working as an interviewer for a research firm. Meanwhile, Paul cohabits with aspiring singer Madeleine (Chantal Goya), with two additional young ladies joining the nocturnal festivities. Paul jumps or is pushed from a window, leaving a pregnant Madeleine to move on to the next aimless youth… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Using neither crime nor the romance of crime but a simple romance for a kind of interwoven story line, Godard has, at last, created the form he needed. It is a combination of essay, journalistic sketches, news and portraiture, love lyric and satire."
‑ Pauline Kael, The New Republic
"The kaleidoscopic film's meandering mirrors the uncertainty of that restless, tumultuous era."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Masculin, Féminin is a feisty experiment, and yet not what Godard truly wanted to do with the medium. But this, perversely, makes for a fresh, deeply stimulating and, arguably, more watchable film."
‑ , Film4
"No one was ever better at collecting a hodgepodge of ideas and making them work as a cohesive whole, as the voice of one hyper-intelligent, constantly frustrated commentator."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Masculine, Feminine may not equal some of Godard's prior films but while it does revisit many of his usual themes it is noteworthy for being an intriguing dissection of where he, himself, fits into the picture."
‑ Greg Bellavia, Film Threat
"Its parodies and satires are recklessly inventive, and its fundamental pessimism isn't as flip as it may at first seem."
‑ , Time Out
"An odd, scattered, free-form, but thoroughly engaging film."
‑ Mary Brennan, Seattle Times
"Masculin Feminin is a film about young people set adrift in an uncertain, violent consumerist world of pop cultural influences without the social and intellectual mooring necessary to find their way through the morass"
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"Foray into the mindset of the Children of the Sixties."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It's cumulatively entertaining, and a fascinating and nostalgic time capsule of its era."
‑ William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"May not have aged any better than Godard's other films of the period, but that doesn't mean Paul and company don't continue to ask questions and spout the opinions of the newly enlightened."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"This is the Godard that fans would like to take to the grave: jaundiced, naughty, immediate, very much alive."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"Jean-Luc Godard visited the world of young folk to create his most humane film."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"There's a seductive immediacy to all this... despite the film's obvious satiric touches, you come away from it with a vivid impression of a time and place and the people who inhabited it."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"It could shake up young viewers now as it 40 years ago, except that there's no French New Wave momentum of film passion."
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
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