Jean Luc Godard's 1967 road rage movie is a product of its time for sure, depicting a
The characters in Weekend are all out of control, ruled by selfish greed. The sight of so much unchecked ego run riot makes for some hilarious moments. Right from the start we're shown normal middle class people getting into minor accidents and then attacking each other like violent thugs. The main characters are a husband and wife who prove that nasty, selfish yuppies were around a long time before the 80's and Patrick Bateman. They're trying to get to her parents' place; her father is about to die and they want to make sure they get a cut of his will. When they're too late and find out her mother intends to give them nothing, they simply murder her.
The film will stick in your head because of Raoul Coutard's crystal clear photography and the distinctive colour scheme of bright yellows, greens, blues and reds (witness the scene where the tractor and sports car drivers argue, for example). As for the politics, and the film's overall message, this is not a simple matter. There are so many things being said, and so many academic references are invoked; it's a very wordy film, as Godard films always are. Near the end- around about the time we get two garbage collectors giving long speeches on the state of the Arab world and black