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.
4.5/5 - Godard weaves moments of youthful philosophizing and faux-fantasy, all an exercise for his infamous hyper-stylish cutting approach to storytelling, playing with the film's frames like great free jazz's musicians toyed around with their time signatures. The almost improvisational cadence at which the images bounced off from one another was, at times, so intense and frenetic, it left me in a near fugue state.
Although I am not usually a fan of Godard, this is one of the best I have seen from him. I still don't love it as much as many others do, but Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg ooze cool and effortless appeal throughout, the former managing to do so even while portraying quite a nasty character.
This is the first time I watched Jean-Luc Godard's movie. BREATHLESS is indeed one of the great French New Wave out there. The storytelling itself is quite simple and easy to follow. But Godard did some modification on its technical aspects and the result is remarkable. BREATHLESS is a very good start if you wanna know about French New Wave movement. BREATHLESS is also has a stellar performance from its cast. Great!
Inhale. A Godard monochrome classic dominated by newsprint. He's always reading one or wiping his shoes with it. She's living dangerously selling the Washington Tribune from the middle of the road while flirting with the hapless thug, Michel. There's a lot of running and driving in the sun. But a casual murderer is still just that, as Patricia eventually understands. Exhale.
To put it simply - powerful piece of cinema. Experiments with film structure and form. Funny, inventive dialogs, great performances... wait what am I doing? Explaining why Breathless is fucking great? It's just is, deal with it. P.S. Jean Seberg is gorgeuos! Belmondo is so charming!
paper thin. outdated. his incoherent ramblings and her self obsessions, a couple of typical teenagers. they're beautiful and shallow. may have been a bang on release but now its tiresome: too much time on their faces. the music comes from another film in another room, and constant cigarettes. 1st Bonnie and Clyde, perhaps. cared nothing for either of them. is that what Godard wanted. maybe he didn't know too. merde!