Weekend (Week End)
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Jean-Luc Godard's scathing late-sixties satire is one of cinema's great anarchic works. Determined to collect an inheritance from a dying relative, a petit-bourgeois couple travel across the French countryside while civilization crashes and burns around them. Featuring a justly famous centerpiece single take of an endless traffic jam, Weekend is a surreally funny and deeply disturbing expression of social oblivion that ended the first phase of Godard's career - and, according to the credits, cinema itself.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As long as cinema like this exists, there's no end in sight."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"In the absurdist dark comedy, Western society never looked so sickening on film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"This is Lord of the Flies as played by adults, and for Left Bank intellectuals, heady with righteous protest and wired on too many coffees and cigarettes"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"Visionary, insane, and barbarously funny; don't miss the chance to accept the challenge Weekend is still dying to make."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"A seminal film everyone should see."
‑ John Esther, Pasadena Weekly
"This apocalyptic farce-Alice in Wonderland as reconceived by the Marquis de Sade-would mark both the high point and the end of Godard's meteoric career as a popular artist."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"an apocalyptic primal scream against the conformities and hypocrisies of the Americanized French bourgeoisie and one of the most lacerating and funny satires of car culture ever produced"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"There is nothing predictable about Weekend; Godard uses the camera as a radical satirical tool, inserting it up the backside of a society he perceives as lost, constrained and confused. And so are we."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Weekend is a luridly colorful compendium of aesthetic juxtapositions and audio-visual schisms that evoke the frustrated tenor of the era."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"Godard pushes his Brechtian didactics to the limit, his exhilarating modernism giving him free rein to draw on Freud, Marx, Lewis Carroll and James Bond."
‑ Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly
"The film must be seen, for its power, ambition, humor, and scenes of really astonishing beauty."
‑ Renata Adler, New York Times
"Uncompromisingly cynical and completely unforgiving, Week End is a satire so black, you couldn't see hope if it was dancing in front of your eyes carrying sparklers and singing La Marseillaise."
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"A film that reads itself, tells the viewer what that reading should be, and at the same time tells the viewer that this reading is inaccurate and should be ignored."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"give the man credit for bitching about the human condition in style"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Week End constantly propagates images that convey class and taste. And in few films does privilege seem so crass and repellant."
‑ Rumsey Taylor, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
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