Academics have a lot of interesting things to say about this film: and so did Godard, who said he thought he was making Scarface but was really making Alice in Wonderland. I like the French eroticism lurking constantly in everyday life, and I like the female lead, who was gorgeous. You can even see how it influenced other movies, but when I need academics to make me appreciate the thin crime plot, it's not working.
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3-4. I have such complicated feelings about this film. The leads immerse you in a dynamic composed of about a thousand interesting ideas dispersed in an incredibly mellow, yet visceral way. I think that's a fair tonal descriptor; the jazz lends it a smooth, warm energy, while the editing and grain give it significant visual edge. But the plot is aimless, probably a bit too simple, etc. Still, it's a great idea soak.