An encounter - with a difference - with French film legend Jean-Luc Godard

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The current wave of political, environmental and social upheavals appears to be marking the ending of an era across the Western world. Mediapart was keen to visit the legendary Franco-Swiss film director Jean-Luc Godard, whose films are an unrivalled chronicle of both the world's beauty and its problems, to get his take on events. However, nothing about the interview with the filmmaker at his home in Switzerland went exactly as planned. Ludovic Lamant and Jade Lindgaard describe the encounter that ensued.

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It did not take long for us to realise that the interview would not take place in the way we had hoped. When we arrived at Rolle on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland one rainy day in November we were sure of just one thing: that Franco-Swiss filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard, who has just celebrated his 91st birthday, had agreed in principle to an interview, and not one that was simply part of a film release marketing campaign.