Based on Lionel White's novel 'Obsession', 'Pierrot le Fou' is the story of a bored husband who runs away from Paris to the South of France with an unpredictable but beguiling young babysitter (Anna Karina) after a corpse is found in her flat. After an idyllic time at the seaside they hit the road once more and get by from stealing, soon becoming embroiled in the machinations of two rival gun running gangs and a man who may or may not be the girl's brother.
If you see just one Godard film, make it this one! Filmed well before the days he disappeared up his own backside. Beautifully shot, Great plot, brilliant acting...fascinating relationship best road movie ever. One of my top 10 films of all time!
I keep trying with Godard out of the 12 or so films I’ve seen from him only a couple remain bonafide classics for me (Le Mepris, Vivre Se Vie).I really thought this one was going to be added to that list especially after a fantastic colourful and very playful first hour which flowed so effortlessly and with such charisma from the always delightful Anna Karina, she is so very infectious to watch as she plays with the camera at times and in the moments she suddenly starts to sing her lines out, but then unfortunately Belmondo joins in and immediately ruins the whole effect, and i think this is where the movie really started to fail for me… Belmondo he just feels like he is so disinterested with the whole thing in that he becomes so very monotonous and awkward to watch he really kills the playfulness of that first hour and leads it to a grinding halt. Without A doubt though it’s such gorgeous movie to look at with it’s striking use of primary colours its music and in its very experimental techniques which where very groundbreaking for its time, but in the end it all becomes such a frustrating and incoherent mixture/mess of movie genres that i could not wait for them end titles to appear.6/10