But that's not quite so. Godard stays at home but tries to disentangle the web. He uses fiction as a thread that takes him closer into the reality of what is at stake here, the fate of post-Cold War Russia. If he stays at home, it's because he feels his presence there is not needed at this moment, that Russia has invaders enough to deal with.
Godard being Godard, a lot of his musings have simple sloganeering value, romantic or provocative. He tells us, "the West is trying to invade Russia, because it's the home of fiction, and because the West doesn't know what else to invent". His analysis of reality and fiction, the filmed image and the reality of it, has been thought of elsewhere. On the comment expected from him, perhaps by his enemies with a gloating of triumph, by the likeminded as a source of inspiration, he simply concludes that the people of Russia will decide where they go next.
Godard being Godard though, in the storm's eye of his tempestual mind, we find some measure of inspiration. Here, it's a lament. If the film was a musical composition, it would be a requiem.
What I appreciate here is how that requiem is rendered, with video footage from old Soviet films slowed down or broken apart, out of context, to see is there another kind of reality we can discern there, something new we can project upon what is now dead and only lives on celluloid. Heroes from the old books of Tolstoy and Dostoyevski come alive to enact their parts again. At some point we see two sisters usher into an old cinema a host of unseen guests, they greet them jovially by names only, Mr. Eistenstein, Vertov, Pudovkin, Parajanov, guests for the occasion of the dissolution of what they dreamed like Godard wants to share the defeat.
We get shots of people standing in front of a camera, their faces obscured by the lens. We get food for thought, that the Soviets of the silent era never used the reverse shot in their films. True or not, we take that for what we will.
In the end, we see Godard alone in a room filled with film equipment, the cantankerous old fool of cinema, stubbornly cranking a camera to make it work. What's important for me is that Godard has styled himself in that manner, feels himself to be that person.