Breathless (1960)

Breathless À bout de souffle review Jean Luc Godard

Breathless – Jean-Luc Godard

À bout de souffle (original title)

Summary:  A small-time thief, Michel (Jean-Paul Belmondo), steals cars and drives them to Paris to resell.  One day whilst driving towards the capital with another stolen car, a policeman on a motorcycle follows him onto a country road – with no-one around Michel shoots him dead.  After he arrives in Paris he turns to an American girl (Jean Seberg) he’d met previously in Nice, who, an aspriring journalist, sells the New York Herald Tribune on the Champs-Élysées.  Michel tries to convince her to run away with him to Italy, not admitting to her what he has done.

My Review: Oh my golly gosh – I’ve reviewed over 30 films on this blog and I haven’t even got started on the illustrious Jean-Luc Godard!  Where to start?  I am certainly no Godard expert, watching Breathless though I was sucked into its appeal.  Stylish, cool and just so refreshingly French – that beautiful accent, somewhat chaotic jump cuts and twirling cigarette smoke-filled conversations.  So chic, so timeless.  The story isn’t linear, nor is the editing, I’m not too educated in the deeper readings of this movie, so for me it really absorbed every last little thing Paris, then threw it all back out again, in all different directions.

My Rating: 2.5/5

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