One of the Frenchest movies I've seen so far. I hate this proto-hipster, self-congratulatory kind of Cinema, but – neither I could deny this to be a true gem. Following dialogues so fast-paced with English subtitles wasn't easy for me, I think I could have missed something somewhere.
Lifelong restlessness in trembling hearts. Human feelings may change constantly as our life runs fast, with no time to settle up. This movie runs at the same speed, with no break for the audience. Great style and dynamism by Truffaut as Jules, Jim and Catherine complete the portrait with remarkable elegance. Sometimes I found it a little bit silly, but not more than love, itself, can be. 4.5
It sure speaks the nouvelle vague's language: the narrative is more connected to the characters emotion than to the plot; still the structure is solid. We get to look at the passing of days in the life of people we should be, if we want to be real - according to Truffaut.
I am sorry to say this, but "Jules and Jim" is a totally overrated sequence of cheesy clichés. Not as bad as "La Collectioneuse" though and filmed beautifully, I still felt .... nothing! What one-dimensional characters... and the music... terribly missmatching.
I'm not a huge fan of this film. But it might be the "least" worst of french nouvelle vague (the whole thing is overrated in my opinion). It's kinda based on the story of Stephen Essel's mother (a very important man in french diplomacy and politics). I gave it 3 stars just because it features a beautiful cover of "Le tourbillon de la vie", which is like the french equivalent of "Moon River".
The style of this film is great. It has a lot of energy and that captures the youth of the characters. However, I do think it's perhaps a case of style over substance. Nothing about this film grabbed me whatsoever. It probably doesn't help that I really have nothing in common with the main characters. It ends very anti-climatically too. Definitely overrated in my opinion.
Anything Truffaut is an absolute delight to watch, there are so many fantastic cinematic moments in his films. I love that he totally disregards the traditional love story, and depicts it through a menage a trois. His brilliantly avante-garde camera work gracefully illustrates the true madness of love, and leaves the generic tale by the wayside. I would kill to see the looks on people's faces when this came out.