"Breathless" is not a film to watch for character or plot, the least important aspects of Godard's work. It's a postmodern film (perhaps the first) in which the filmmaker makes it clear to the viewer "We both know this is a film. Nobody's trying to fool anyone here." There's not a frame in the whole movie where I'm not conscious of the filmmaker. That's what made it so innovative in 1960 and yet so fresh today.