The story of a woman's trip to Paris, which is surrounded by a large flooded area.
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With the wham, pop, bam of a smoking hot Jazz soundtrack echoing through the French countryside (one of many odd contradictory elements), Godard himself narrates the loosely constructed story of a young woman attempting to make her way from her home in the country to Paris, amid a massive flood.
The Girl (Caroline Dim) hops, skips, jumps myriad obstacles to reach her destination; along the way pointing out notable personal landmarks, like the swimming pool where she learned the backstroke, and the homes of relatives and friends; all the while digressing into rhapsodic monologues about life, love, and art.
Once on stable ground, by way of a makeshift bridge, a bicycle and a leaky boat, The Girl hitches a ride with The Young Man (Jean-Claude Brialy). The Young Man predictably begins to flirt with his new passenger, while she carries on with her musings about art, literature, and philosophy; self-consciously referencing the Italian poet Petrarch, master in the Art of Digression.
After driving around in search of a way out of the village, The Young Man's car stalls in a muddy hole in the road; providing for a brief romantic interlude. The young couple find a dry patch of land to lay together and talk, and romance, to little avail; they digress. And before you know it, wham, pop, pow, back on the road; arriving in Paris just in time to see the water rising up to the base of the Eiffel Tower; embracing The Young Man, The Girl says, "This is happiness".
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