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Weekend (1967)



Critic Consensus: Jean-Luc Godard fixes his considerable ire against French society and the broader human condition in the morbidly funny Weekend, an abstract road trip to damnation that finds the enfant terrible in peak form.

Movie Info

Jean-Luc Godard's scathing late-sixties satire is one of cinema's great anarchic works. Determined to collect an inheritance from a dying relative, a petit-bourgeois couple travel across the French countryside while civilization crashes and burns around them. Featuring a justly famous centerpiece single take of an endless traffic jam, Weekend is a surreally funny and deeply disturbing expression of social oblivion that ended the first phase of Godard's career - and, according to the credits, cinema itself.


Jean Yanne
as Roland
Yzes Alfonso
as Gros Poncet
Blandine Jeanson
as Emily Bronte
Virginie Vignon
as Marie-Madeleine
Juliet Berto
as Girl in Car Crash/Mcmber of FLSO
Yves Beneyton
as Member of FLSO
Daniel Pommereulle
as Joseph Balsamo
Yves Afonso
as Tom Thumb
Yves Alfonso
as Gros Poncet
Juliette Berto
as Girl in Car Crash/Member of FLSO
Anne Wiazemsky
as Girl in Farmyard/Member of FLSO
Jean Eustache
as Hitchhiker
Georges Staquet
as Tractor Driver
Laszlo Szabo
as The Arab Speaking for His Black Brother
Michel Cournot
as Man from Farmyard
Mons. Jojot
as Monsieur Jojot (uncredited)
Isabelle Pons
as (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Weekend

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (5)

Year after year, Jean-Luc Godard has been chipping away at the language of cinema. Now, in Weekend, he has just about got down to the bare bones. This is his best film, and his most inventive. It is almost pure movie.

July 3, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

As long as cinema like this exists, there's no end in sight.

October 5, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This apocalyptic farce-Alice in Wonderland as reconceived by the Marquis de Sade-would mark both the high point and the end of Godard's meteoric career as a popular artist.

October 4, 2011 | Full Review…

Weekend is a luridly colorful compendium of aesthetic juxtapositions and audio-visual schisms that evoke the frustrated tenor of the era.

August 29, 2005 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

The film must be seen, for its power, ambition, humor, and scenes of really astonishing beauty.

July 11, 2004 | Full Review…

If you want a movie that can actually make cleansing comic fodder out of our society's destructive bent, Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove makes Weekend's satire look like the undisciplined posturing it really is.

August 18, 2021 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Weekend

A bourgeois husband and wife plan a delightful weekend during which they plan to kill their relatives for inheritance. Eric Braysmith said, "What's interesting about this film is the many ways you hate it." I'm more blunt: fuck this movie. Fuck this movie backwards, sideways, and with that knife-dildo from Seven. Like most of Godard's work, this film defies understanding, and anyone who fully understands it is already inculcated in the film's politics and intellectual community and consequently doesn't need to watch it. Everyone else is left confused. A condemnation of bourgeois ideology, the accessible parts of the film are heavy-handed, and the inaccessible parts wreak of pretentious self-gratification. Overall, Jean-Luc Godard, whom I've long despised, can finally go fuck himself.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


A cruel bourgeois couple take a weekend to travel to see the wife's dying father in hopes of grabbing his inheritance, but traffic patterns, civilization, and reality all break down during their journey. Jean-Luc Godard's satire in the style of Luis Bunuel mixes exhilarating ideas (the unexplained car wrecks everywhere give a sense of society collapsing) with pedantic ones (dated Marxist lectures on colonialism); it's all "very Sixites." You could see it either as Godard's last accessible film, or his first inaccessible one.

Greg S
Greg S

Super Reviewer


An unconventional bit of storytelling that I found to be quite enjoyable. Looking at this movie with a preconceived notion of narrative would make this an extremely unpleasant and boring experience. Letting go would be the first thing I would advise someone to do. Given the proper lens, it's a beautiful film. Its hostility towards traditions are quite interesting. It attacks not only capitalism, but marriage, life, death and compassion.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

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