Michel may be out of breath, but it's Patricia who's out of her depth as the feckless hipster who - insouciantly, natch - smokes her way around freewheelin' Paris and falls for the Gallic charm and Gaulloises stench of a narcissistic cop killer. They both realise the error of their ways too late, as Godard jump cuts his shopping trolley camera through Paris' boulevards and into film history.
Essential cinema. Godard's feature debut was a revolutionary piece of cinema that cemented the 'nouvelle vague' movement. A masterwork in editing and short form story telling featuring iconic turns by Belmondo and Seberg.
Breathless is a groundbreaking work of art, and still highly entertaining. Jean Seberg is a dame, and I love contemplating the ending dialogue's various interpretations...
PATRICIA: Qu'est ce qu'il a dit?
DETECTIVE: Il a dit que vous êtes vraiment "une dégueulasse".
Godard's (60s) films are so cool, and so jazzy, that I wonder why I don't love them as opposed to just 'really liking' them. Maybe I should watch this again, but even upon first viewing it comes across as one of the coolest movies ever made.
Although IMO he surpassed this film in thmatic scope and quality, it's a reminder that in his best films there is, behind Godard's heady intellectualism, always the glamour of a sexy man and a sexy woman.
This movie's energy is infectious. I'm not surprised at all it's influenced Wong Kar-wai, as this film's and Wong's entire filmography perfectly set a mood and leave you wonderfully drunk off of it. How great a film is when you can feel guilty at the pleasure you experience while watching it. I was cold to this film at first, but have grown to love and appreciate it. (Adds extra star)