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Notre musique (2004)

An indictment of modern times divided into three "kingdoms": "Enfer" ("Hell"), "Purgatoire" ("Purgatory") and "Paradis" ("Paradise").

Director:

Jean-Luc Godard

Writer:

Jean-Luc Godard
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Adler ... Judith Lerner
Nade Dieu Nade Dieu ... Olga Brodsky
Rony Kramer Rony Kramer ... Ramos Garcia
Simon Eine Simon Eine ... Ambassador
Jean-Christophe Bouvet ... C. Maillard
George Aguilar ... Indian
Ferlyn Brass Ferlyn Brass ... Himself
Leticia Gutiérrez Leticia Gutiérrez ... Indian
Aline Schulmann Aline Schulmann ... Spanish Translator
Jean-Luc Godard ... Himself
Juan Goytisolo Juan Goytisolo ... Himself
Mahmoud Darwich Mahmoud Darwich ... Himself
Jean-Paul Curnier Jean-Paul Curnier ... Himself
Pierre Bergounioux Pierre Bergounioux ... Himself
Gilles Pecqueux Gilles Pecqueux ... Himself
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Storyline

"Notre Music" is divided in three kingdoms: Hell, Purgatory and Paradise like in the Dante's Inferno in the Divine Comedy. Hell shows footages of many wars; Purgatory mixes reality and fiction in Sarajevo; and Paradise is a surrealistic view of a beach "protected" by the American Marines. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Country:

France | Switzerland

Release Date:

19 May 2004 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Our Music See more »

Filming Locations:

Bosnia-Herzegovina

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,210, 28 November 2004

Gross USA:

$139,922

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$293,681
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Mahmoud Darwich: Does a peopIe or a country... that has great poets... have the right to defeat a peopIe that doesn't have poets? Can a peopIe be strong... without writing poetry?
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Notre Musique
6 September 2005 | by cnamedSee all my reviews

Leave it up to Monsieur Godard to shoot his first film to directly address the Palastineans since Ici et ailleurs in '76 in Sarajevo with a cast that includes US Marines, Native Americans in full traditional regalia, and Godard himself in counter-sermonizing flesh. At least, and this is much more than trivial record keeping, the maestro has found a way to render his digital photography as gorgeous as the celluloid variety for which he is well known. The quality of the video images takes Notre Musique miles beyond the wan DV sections in Éloge de l'amour. This is all the more interesting considering his response, during the film's central writer's conference, to a question concerning whether or not digital cameras can save cinema. Godard stares into his DV lense and says nothing; the question cannot have an answer other than the one to be provided, immanently, vis-a-vis the unwinding of our collective species activity. Godard, as always, is best when he resists the unavailing temptation to answer the questions which constitute him as one of the most compelling artists of the 20th Century. Though his autodidactic flights of fancy may fail to soar as solidly as before, his discourses remain ultimately profound, his metaphors as unstintingly powerful as ever, his plagiarism as unflappable. He has begun to rely again on Borges, which is always good, and there is much less Merleau-Ponty. The only major flaw of the film is the opening section "Hell" (yes, Dante is backstage here folks), in which the montage is more of a groantage, in the manner of a Baraka (God no!) more than anything Eisenstein might recognize as dialectical. "Heaven", however, is wonderful. All Godard does is take the US Marine anthem at its word.


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