By Jake Howell




That is a pun


Cannes Film Festival


Can film

Can film actually festival?


Godard was not present

To present his present film essay

Which I would call a present

Where am I going with this?

Here’s a .gif I made

adieu oh langage

The film is in 3D

There’s a dog also

3D dog’s life

Dog’s breakfast 3D

The dog is Godard’s dog

But it is our dog too. And there are people

The people are preoccupied with language

They talk a lot

The dog says nothing.


I like the dog the most

But yeah the people

One guy takes a dump with the door open

Also the dog takes a dump in the woods

I laughed at both of those moments.


The naked human body… in glorious 3D

Male gaze?

Female gaze?

There’s even a shower scene

Godard’s 3D Choose Your Own Adventure, where:

Closing an eye reveals more than both eyes open.


Things in 3D I’ve never seen before


Godard is more playful here

It is a very funny movie

As the French would say

C’est très drole


As the French would say



I internalized much of the experience

Though it is an essay film, I listened to myself instead

I wrote thoughts to myself quietly

I found more meaning in these moments than other films at this Festival

In that sense

Can film?

It Cannes

Godard didn’t Cannes

But he still Cannes.


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