The hypnotizing and disjointed 2 ou 3 choses qu je sais d’elle (2 or 3 Things I Know About Her) is Jean-Luc Godard’s brilliantly poignant remark on the influx of capitalism in modern Paris. A duel criticism of both the loss of culture and dignity to “progress” and the indifference to the war in Vietnam, Godard’s film plays more like a series of documentaries than anything resembling a classical narrative.
In a manner that his audience has come to expect, Godard opens his film with a series of flashing title cards announcing the title and actors. He then moves into a whispered dialogue describing the encroaching commercialization of Paris, and the multitude of new construction projects that are taking place. He introduces the main focus of his piece, Juliette Jeanson (Marina Vlady) as both the actress and the character that she is portraying. Godard is a master of never letting his audience forget that they are watching a film, and is constantly derailing his own efforts as a filmmaker. With every scene, Godard is able to build up audience interest using his own unique cinematic language, and instantly cuts off the interactions to transition into other arenas of discussion. While there is no actual plot, Juliette is shown to have taken up prostitution as a means of earning more money to support her expensive lifestyle. As the film circles around her day, we see her shopping for new clothes, getting her hair done and meeting up with various clients. Interwoven in Juliette’s life (much like the overt references to capitalism and marketing) are shots of the ever-expanding Paris, undergoing various stages of transformative construction. Depicted in either complete silence or with Godard’s own whispered narration, these scenes break up the film (much like commercials) to introduce subversive anti-consumerism and anti-war messages.