Having pretty much abandoned film in favour of revolutionary politics, Jean-Luc Godard rediscovered his love of cinema by the mid- '80s and this is a playful and often amusing homage to '40s film noir.
In a hotel in Paris, four groups of people find their lives converging... An amateur detective (Laurent Terzieff) - ineptly aided by his nephew (hilarious Nouvelle Vague veteran Jean-Pierre Leaud) - struggles to solve a two-year-old murder. A pilot (Claude Brasseur) bickers with his wife (Nathalie Baye) while trying to get back cash from a sketchy boxing manager (Johnny Hallyday). And the manager must encourage a dim fighter, as well as face up to another debt: to a Mafia don (Alain Cuny) who's just checked in...
Standard Godard tropes - zigzagging storylines, offbeat imagery, an intrusive soundtrack - may distract non-fans, but this is still one of the great director's most accessible and funniest later works.
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