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Plot Summary

A supposedly idyllic weekend trip to the countryside turns into a never-ending nightmare of traffic jams, revolution, cannibalism and murder as French bourgeois society starts to collapse under the weight of its own consumer preoccupations Written by Michael Brooke <>

A unlucky married couple, that tries to kill each other, wants to travel to the countryside, but due to behaviour of all the people with travel becomes a nightmare full of accidents, terrorism and civil war. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <>

Director: Jean-Luc Godard

Genres: Comedy | Drama


Country: France | Italy

Language: French

Release Date: 5 July 1968 (UK) See more »

Also Known As: Le week-end See more »

Filming Locations: Paris, France

Budget: $250,000 (estimated)

Technical Specs

Runtime: 105 min

Sound Mix: Mono

Color: Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio: 1.66 : 1

Trivia: Premiere voted this movie as one of “The 25 Most Dangerous Movies”.

Connections: Referenced in Film Geek (2005) See more »


Memorable quotes
Joesph Balsam: I am here to inform these modern times of the grammatical era’s end and the beginning of flamboyance especially in cinema.
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Corinne: Didn’t you heard what he said? Marx says we’re all brothers!
Roland: Marx didn’t said that. Some other communist said that. Jesus said that.
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Roland: What a rotten film. All we meet are crazy people.
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Saint-Just: [in the midst of a bourgeois’ car collision] From French Revolutions to Gaullist weekends, freedom is violence.
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Corinne: This isn’t a novel, this is a film. A film is life.
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Corinne: It’s rotten of us, isn’t it? We’ve no right to burn even a philosopher.
Joesph Balsam: Can’t you see they’re only imaginary characters?
Corinne: Why is she crying, then?
Joesph Balsam: No idea. Let’s go.
Corinne: We’re little more than that ourselves.
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Woman in Car: Are you in a film or in reality?
Joesph Balsam: In a film.
Man in Car: In a film? You lie too much.

accessed on October 18th 2010


– Brody, Richard. Everything is cinema, 2008.  Borrowed October 14th – 27th 2010

– Godard, Jean Luc. Jean-Luc Godard, 1998. Borrowed October 19th – 27th 2010

– Godard, Jean Luc. Masculine feminine 1930 – 1969. Borrowed October 14th – 27th 2010

Today I get access to the Subject Pool for Research and Critical Practice on Blackboard.

Having looked through all the subjects, I picked out the traffic jam scene from Week-End (1967) directed by Godard, whose name already sounds familiar to my ears and eyes, though this is not the reason why.

The seemingly annoying seven minutes traffic jam scene, of nonstop same same but different cars and their owners trying to kill the waiting time, stimulates my curiosity to question what happens next in the film. Watching the scene without sound again and pause it once in a while to look into details of each scene, I noted down nearly four A5 pages scripting the characters and actions and events in the seven interesting minutes scene, added my questions and notes about

– an adult and a kid from different cars throwing ball

– an upside down car on one side and kids walking on the other side of the road on the grass under the trees while men are arguing

– monkeys and goat on the farmer’s car? does white car mean higher class?

– is the couple standing? their scene starts with the time notice of 13H40 then stops at 14H10 – that’s 30 minutes of a couple talking closely and a single woman standing close by, alone – contrast of intimate companions and singularity?

– a red glossy car with grey luggages on top argued with the passing by car and continuing arguments from other people to the passing car

– people sitting on the grassm man reading book, women talking

– a girl turns around towards the road (where -the camera was) where the car passing by – very natural

– is the big yellow van one of the sponsors for the movie?

– another upside down car – accident?

– a loving couple playing chess, waving friendly telling them to keep passing by? enjoying playing chess with each other

– two man playing chess at the front of their car then shout and kick at the topless moving car – interact with the passing by car while doing their own activities

– a Boat! a big white boar dragged by a car

– continous arguments and shouting etc. towards the passing by car of the couple

– cars that queue move little by little one after another – like a domino effect

– a guy jus tpeed at the tree zipping his pants – scolding at the couple

– a guy fixing the front of his car

– another group of kids walking on the grass

– someone lying on the grass? the red blood? yes. an accident…half body on this side, policeman, petrol, blood, people lying dying on the grass, half body, one being covered by the black coat man, a kid – bloody injured legs…the car passes by quickly over that scene – the coupld didn’t even look at all that…

– another car of the accident, a man and a woman lying…

– end of the car line. the black car turns right – camera follows…cropped light huge endless brown fields

This scene reminds me of the endless line (of, mostly, girls and women) queuing up at Primark waiting for the fitting room and cashier during the weekends now in London. It’s always crowded like a festival, but instead of culture events, there are people and people, trying to fit ourselves among clothes, and clothes. Modernisation, cars, traffic jam, shops, shopping…jam,  materialistic life, endless lines. Similarities? I guess yes.