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article imageGodard’s 3D experiment, ‘Goodbye to Language,’ comes to Toronto

By Sarah Gopaul     Nov 11, 2014 in Entertainment
French New Wave filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard’s experimental and critically acclaimed 3D film, ‘Goodbye to Language,’ is opening in Toronto.
Emerging during the French New Wave in the 1960s, filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard rebelled against the abundance of period pieces in French cinema. He and his compatriots would create a new genre of film that pushed the envelope in terms of style, technique and narrative; a total rejection of the status quo — an impulse that would inform his entire career. Godard’s latest picture, Goodbye to Language (Adieu au langage), employs 3D to push the mediums visual limits even further.
TIFF Bell Lightbox is presenting the movie’s Canadian release in 3D, beginning Nov. 14. It will also screen on the last day of “Godard Forever Part Two,” the second and final installment of TIFF Cinematheque’s comprehensive Godard retrospective. The first part ran for almost a month, beginning in January earlier this year.
The film won the Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and topped the specialty box office after opening in just two theatres in New York. The typically loose plot revolves around the failing relationship between a man and a woman in an apartment, revisiting the set-up of Godard’s 1963 film, Contempt. The filmmaker’s own dog also stars as Roxy Miéville, wandering through the film, extending its three-dimensional snout to audiences.
Jean-Luc Godard s dog is featured in his latest picture   Goodbye to Language
Jean-Luc Godard's dog is featured in his latest picture, 'Goodbye to Language'
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In true enigmatic fashion, the following is the long synopsis included in the movie’s press kit:
“The idea is simple:
A married woman and a single man meet.
They love, they argue, fists fly,
A dog strays between town and country.
The seasons pass.
The man and woman meet again.
The dog finds itself between them.
The other is in one
the one is in the other
and they are three.
The former husband shatters everything.
A second film begins:
The same as the first,
And yet not.
From the human race we pass to metaphor.
This ends in barking
And a baby’s cries.”
As with most of Godard’s films, the only way to try to understand it is to experience it.
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