It’s been several years since I’ve seen this.
And I’m afraid.
Afraid that perhaps it hasn’t aged as well as I would hope.
But one thing is certain: this film is infinitely more enjoyable than Le Livre d’image.
Perhaps that is the problem.
The Image Book lacked a girl and a gun.
Is it thus even a movie?
Well, have no fear: Adieu au langage has both…and some nudity!
And a dog.
But first, let me just say this: the real star here is Marie Ruchat.
More exactly, her hair.
The beautiful redhead.
Sure, Héloïse Godet is the fit brunette whom we see nude quite often in this film, but Ruchat harmonizes with the autumn leaves.
The dead leaves like honey in the calm fountain.
The blood lemons that tinge as red spreads.
The electric poppies like Thoreau at dog’s-eye-view.
We can relate.
It pleases the eyes.
The difficulty of the film is rewarded in painterly images.
Not so with that which followed (Le Livre d’image).
Perhaps Godard caught himself.
Realized he was relying too much on the KNOWN.
Owed it to himself to push on…forwards…into the UNKNOWN.
Switzerland was known.
An excellent film.
Compared to what.
Timeless imagery here.
But the difficulty of a filmmaker having difficulty making a film.
If Joyce had kept writing after Finnegans Wake.
Godard had already coughed in this film (four years before Le Livre d’image).