Directed by: Jean-Luc Godard
Starring: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg
└ bout de souffle (literally At the End of the Breath, translated as Breathless) (1960) is among the first of the so-called "New Wave" films made by Godard and Franšois Truffaut (who wrote the story for this one). As such, it is considered one of the great French postwar films.
Quite frankly, I find this film extremely boring. Godard aimed for an amateurish look to his shots; while he succeeded in achieving this, he also succeeded in making a film that looks godawful. It doesn't help that not much appears to be happening in the film; Michel Poiccard (Belmondo) kills a policeman, goes on the lam with his girlfriend (Seberg), is eventually betrayed by her, and is shot in the street. This plot is stretched over some two hours of screen time.
Recommended if you're a student of film history. Otherwise, avoid it at all costs; Truffaut's later offering Les 400 Coups is far superior.
edit: Subtitled versions exist.
AlbertHerring fucked around with this message at 07:32 on May 2, 2004
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