GenreComedy, Drama ScreenplayJean-Luc Godard WriterJean-Luc Godard LanguageFrench
Release date29 December 1967 (1967-12-29) Initial releaseDecember 29, 1967 (France) CastMireille Darc (Corinne), Jean Yanne (Roland), Jean-Pierre Léaud (Saint-Just), Jean-Pierre Kalfon (Le chef du FLSO), Valérie Lagrange (La copine du chef du FLSO), Juliet Berto (La femme dans l'accident de voiture/un membre du FLSO) Similar moviesIndependence Day, Salt, The Perfect Man, Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles, The One I Love, Sorry if I Love You
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Weekend (French: Week-end) is a 1967 black comedy film written and directed by Jean-Luc Godard and starring Mireille Darc and Jean Yanne, both of whom were mainstream French TV stars. Jean-Pierre Léaud, iconic comic star of numerous French New Wave films including Truffaut's Les Quatre Cent Coups (The Four Hundred Blows) and Godard's earlier Masculin, féminin, also appears in two roles. Raoul Coutard served as cinematographer; Weekend would be his last collaboration with Godard for over a decade.
The film was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 18th Berlin International Film Festival in 1968.
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Roland (Jean Yanne) and Corinne (Mireille Darc) are a bourgeois couple, although each has a secret lover and conspires to murder the other. They set out by car for Corinne's parents' home in the country to secure her inheritance from her dying father, resolving to resort to murder if necessary.
The trip becomes a chaotically picaresque journey through a French countryside populated by bizarre characters and punctuated by violent car accidents. After their own car (a Facel-Vega) is destroyed in a collision, the characters wander through a series of vignettes involving class struggle and figures from literature and history, such as Louis Antoine de Saint-Just (Jean-Pierre Léaud) and Emily Brontë (Blandine Jeanson).
Corinne and Roland eventually arrive at her parents' place, only to find that her father has died and her mother refuses to give them a share of the spoils. They kill her and set off on the road again, only to fall into the hands of a group of hippie revolutionaries (calling themselves the Seine and Oise Liberation Front) that support themselves through theft and cannibalism. Roland is killed during an escape attempt; he is chopped up and cooked.
Mireille Darc as Corinne
Jean Yanne as Roland
Paul Gégauff as Pianist
Jean-Pierre Léaud as Saint-Just
Blandine Jeanson as Emily Brontë
Yves Afonso as Tom Thumb
Juliet Berto as The Radical
According to a letter from the Argentine writer Julio Cortázar to his translator Suzanne Jill Levine, the indirect inspiration for the movie was Cortázar's short story "The Southern Thruway." Cortázar explained that while a British producer was considering filming his story, a third party presented the idea to Godard, who was unaware of its source. Because he had had no input on the making of the film, Cortázar vetoed the suggestion to translate the story's title as "Week-End" to take advantage of the tie-in.
Themes and style
Weekend has been compared to Alice in Wonderland, the James Bond series, and the works of Marquis de Sade. Tim Brayton described it as 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."