French auteur and director Jean-Luc Godard's 1967 film Weekend is a remarkable commentary on bourgeois society. I will do my best to explain the general plot of this film, but fair warning: the reason Jean-Luc Godard is an avant-garde auteur stems from his counter-cinema stance, where he twists classic filmic techniques to the extreme.
For instance, from the very first sequence we see an inter-title that says "this film was found in a dump." Clearly this denotes the quality of the film as sub-par, but as a self-aware inter title, it begins to foreground the processes of creating the film rather than providing a transparent story with a seamless production. At other points, the film is also self-referential. And that's what adds to the absurdity and hilarity of the entire film.
I'm glad we watched this for my Oppositional Cinemas course, though to be honest I haven't seen the very ending yet. But as we also discussed, Wes Anderson's film style was heavily influenced by Godard. The portraits of characters, the titling of "chapters" and other elements are particularly reminiscent of The Royal Tenenbaums (2001).
P.S. I'm seeing Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel tonight! Should I review that for next week?