Saturday, April 08, 2006

A Fascinating Woman

by François Truffaut

While the film is called Jules et Jim, it’s very much built around Jeanne Moreau’s character, Catherine, who is at the apex of a love triangle. Like other French New Wave films, there is running, location shooting and a joy in cinema that runs through the film. While it is a period piece, Truffaut cleverly establishes the time through archival footage combined with voice-over. It keeps the film feeling like a novel while we focus on the interesting things, which are the three main characters. It’s fun and has one of the most fascinating female leads in any film. I saw echoes in Arnaud Desplechin’s Kings and Queen as well as in many other films. Jules et Jim is a fascinating exploration of love and friendship.

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