A bout de souffle

A bout de souffle

DVD - 2007 | French
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A small-time criminal kills a police officer, setting in motion a tragic series of events for both himself and his American girlfriend.

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greglibrary Mar 14, 2015

If it is not enough to watch Belmondo and Seberg...you could argue that the story content is repetitive in that it's been done before. But never like this. From the ease of shooting, the rhythm of speech, and the characters' struggle to find any meaning in life...take the ride and enjoy an expressive non-American... canned & packaged way of filming.

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mariednguyen
Sep 27, 2013

Breathless is a 1960 French film directed by Jean-Luc Godard. It was his first feature-length work, and one of the earliest, most influential of the French New Wave. At the time, the film attracted much attention for its bold visual style and the innovative use of jump cuts.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Nov 18, 2017

For starters - I certainly am quite clueless here as to why this film earned the title of "Breathless" for itself. The events that took place in its story were certainly far from being an exhilarating (breathless??) movie-experience.

If this b&w, 1960 film is actually considered to be the one that initiated the whole French New Wave movement in cinema - It's certainly got me wondering what French cinema was like prior to this (apparently) revolutionary transformation in film-making.

All-in-all - Even though I wouldn't say that "Breathless" was great movie-making - It definitely turned out to be considerably better than I had expected it to be.

And - Last, but not least - I sure do wish that this film's protagonist, Michel Pioccard, hadn't been portrayed as being such a lousy, despicable, and untrustworthy bastard that he was. For me - This guy's rotten-to-the-core character really marred the story, big-time.

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