Band of Outsiders (1964)

directed by Jean-Luc Godard
with: Anna Karina, Claude Brasseur, Sami Frey

A film about a pair of friends that want to make money by robbing the aunt of a girl they met at french class.

Unlike other Godard classics, Band of Outsiders only has a few genius moments, however, they are wonderful. For instance, the "one minute of silence" minute is so unexpected that it takes the full minute to realize its brilliance making it the most enjoyable minute in the movie. The dancing scene that follows it is very unique and surprisingly entertaining, diving into the thoughts of the characters in a unique and humorous way. The exaggerated shooting scene near the ending is so absurd and satirical that it sure is memorable. Even though Band of Outsiders has these moments and some others, it lacks some of Godard's oddities and honesty that I was expecting. Because of this reason, it is probably one of Godard's most accessible films. With Breathless, Godard defined his interest in mocking and dramatizing American crime films. Band of Outsiders does that effectively, its characters live in an nearly fantastical film-like world.

Rating: 7.75

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