Jean-Luc Godard’s scathing late-sixties satire presets a critique of bourgeois consumer culture. The film follows a couple who travel across the French countryside in the hope of snatching away an inheritance from a dying relative. Their journey is beset by a series of increasingly gruesome events as society starts to crumble under the weight of its own consumer preoccupations.
Rich in historical and literary references, Weekend is a compellingly nihilistic and surreally funny depiction of society reverting to savagery. Released less than a year before the student uprisings of May 1968, Godard’s film captures the revolutionary spirit of the time.