Dir. Jean-Luc Godard, 1967, 87 min
With Marina Vlady, Anny Duperey, Roger Montsoret
In French with English subtitles
In 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her (2 ou 3 choses que je sais d’elle), Jean-Luc Godard beckons us ever closer, whispering in our ears as narrator. About what? Money, sex, fashion, the city, love, language, war: in a word, everything. Among the legendary French filmmaker’s finest achievements, the film takes as its ostensible subject the daily life of Juliette Janson (Marina Vlady), a housewife from the Paris suburbs who prostitutes herself for extra money. Yet this is only a template for Godard to spin off into provocative philosophical tangents and gorgeous images. 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her is perhaps Godard’s most revelatory look at consumer culture, shot in ravishing widescreen color by Raoul Coutard.
Richard Peña: “‘Everything should be put in a film,’ Godard wrote, and his meditation on a changing Paris moves effortlessly as it captures the city’s reaction to the Vietnam War to consumer products to everyday prostitution.”
“He (Jean-Luc Godard) offers us multiple, intersecting, fragmented stories involving gender, language, consumerism, imperialism and the topographies of desire represented by Paris and Juliette.” – The New York Times
“A perennial must-see” – The New York Times
“Two or Three Things I Know About Her is one of the most beautiful films of the young Jean-Luc Godard, a great French cineaste, poet and frustrated lover.” – Chicago Tribune