Synopsis by Louis Schwartz
Numéro Deux marks the high point of co-directors Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Miéville's experimentation with video. They present a set of scenes from the everyday interactions of a working class family. The body of the film was initially shot on video, then played back on monitors and filmed in 35 millimeter. The screen often shows two scenes being played back on two different monitors, each split into two video images. The filmmakers used this technique to invent a new form of editing that juxtaposes images presented at the same time instead of one after another as in traditional editing. Like most of Miéville and Godard's early collaborations Numéro Deux examines the relationship between love, work, sex, gender and representation. In addition Numéro deux presents a fascinating philosophical investigation of the status of children in modern life.
capitalism, family, man-vs-machine, struggle, suffering