French New Wave mischief-maker Jean-Luc Godard made this requiem for late-’60s radicalism at the tail end of his most extreme political period. But don’t let the whiff of politics put you off as Tout Va Bien – which he co-directed with Jean-Pierre Gorin – is both approachable and playful. A self-consciously “commercial” comeback, Godard slyly cast famous-lefties Yves Montand and the then-radicalised Jane Fonda as a jaundiced filmmaker and frustrated journalist respectively. They visit a food factory as a strike occurs and themes of curdled political and personal idealism start to unfold.
But dreary talking-heads sequences aside, Godard slices into political debate subtly and satirically, with a cutaway factory wall making for smart visual shorthand. Beneath his usual bracing wit and style, too, there’s a real sense of sadness for a generation’s lost fire. On which note, did the extras from the Region 1 Criterion disc also get lost over the Atlantic?