NOTRE MUSIQUE

Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Screenplay: Jean-Luc Godard

Cast:
Judith Lerner: Sarah Adler
Olga Brodsky: Nade Dieu
Ramos Garcia: Rony Kramer
Ferlyn Brass: himself
Ambassador: Simon Eine
C. Maillard: Jean-Christophe Bouvet

Awards:
Best Film, San Sebastian International Film Festival (2004)

Running time: 80'
Year of production: France - Switzerland, 2004
Rating: Not rated
Gauge: 35mm, DVD (color)

Distributor: New Yorker Films


“… Jean-Luc Godard once again poses a number of provocative questions about art, politics, and the nexus point between them in this drama in three acts.”
Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

Part poetry, part journalism, part philosophy, Jean-Luc Godard’s Notre Musique is a timeless meditation on war as seen through the prisms of cinema, text and image. Largely set at a literary conference in Sarajevo, the film draws heavily from the Bosnian war, but also on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, the brutal treatment of Native Americans, and the legacy of the Nazis. Godard works from Dante’s template and splits his vision into three panels: “Hell,” “Purgatory” and “Heaven.” In the film, real-life literary figures (including Arab poet Mahmoud Darwish and Spanish writer Juan Goytisolo) intermingle with actors, and documentary meshes with fiction. The film also follows the parallel stories of two Israeli Jewish women: Judith is drawn to the light, Olga is drawn toward darkness. Through evocative language and images, Godard explores a series of conflicting forces: life and death, light and dark, reality and imagination, criminals and victims, positive and negative, good and bad. These opposing movements are eternal. They are the two faces of truth. They are our music.

 
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