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.
a collection of souls that at varying moments all deserved a good ol' slap in the face and a kick in their respective butts. but perhaps this is just a fable of sorts with every character being an archetype of sorts or an elegy to passing and circularity of life, love and art.
*Spoiler*I'm reading all the rapturous praise for this film, and I'm thinking: What? that woman was a narcissist. And Jules' bovine devotion angered me, and so did Jim's, who seemed to drop whatever he was doing to go to her. She was horrible Both should have left her at the start. I felt sorry for Gilberte. The ending was stupid, since she'd tried to shoot him earlier, tho nothing is mentioned. It didn't make sense.
Jules et Jim is a great love story. I believe like the title explicitly tells us it's more about the love between these two best friends than it is about their love for Catherine. We see it evolve through time from pure friendship to some sort of practical arrangement with Catherine in the middle, which ultimately has it's negative effect on them. Catherine sadly, like the woman in the play they hated, was no good.
Based on a little known autobiographical novel and set during and immediately after France's 'Belle Époque', this was Truffaut's third feature and still the one by which he is most affectionately known; a 'ménage-à-trois' tale of two men in love with the same woman. Endlessly inventive and unquenchably high-spirited, it's a celebration of love and cinema and is both playful and tragic and consistently full of energy.