Jules and Jim
In Paris, before WWI, two friends, Jules (Austrian) and Jim (French) fall in love with the same woman, Catherine. But Catherine loves and marries Jules. After the war, when they meet again in Germany, Catherine starts to love Jim... This is the story of three people in love, a love which does not affect their friendship, and about how their relationship evolves with the years.
Part of **No Re-Watch November 2012**.
I have imagined for years that this film was about bored 1960's teens sitting around doing teeny things, like going to movies, exploring their sexuality, talking about big ideas, etc. Instead, what we have is a period piece about a seriously dysfunctional love triangle. (I know, I know -- you're going to say "they're always dysfunctional" -- but this one is worse.)
It's challenging and modern subject matter, and Truffaut is to be commended for going there. It's certainly a well-made picture. Unfortunately, I cannot stand any of his characters. I didn't really like Jules and Jim before Catherine showed up, and it all went downhill after.
Speaking of Catherine: Usually, the cinematic siren…
Picture the now-iconic image that has widely been chosen to represent Francois Truffaut's Jules and Jim. You know the one: three carefree youths with smiles on their faces and joy in their hearts sprinting gleefully toward the camera, not a worry in their little worlds. This image has become so defining of Truffaut's third feature that going in I was expecting a joyful, bouncing charm of a movie, something akin to the playfulness more presently found in the work of Truffaut's friend and contemporary Godard. It would have been a fitting progression for the young French auteur at the time, following up the coming-of-age exploration of the freedom of youth in his debut The 400 Blows and the pulp-infused crime…
Jules and Jim is the frantically told story of a dangerous love triangle. Jules and Jim are best friends from Austria and France respectively who fall in love with the same woman. Instead of taking turns like they usually do, Jules tries to keep her for himself. When he fails to make her happy, they try a new arrangement with the three of them attempting to fulfill all of their individual needs. It was doomed from the beginning, but it seems these characters couldn't have chosen any other path.
There's some good stuff in here and some really memorable and entrancing scenes. I also like that a film coming out during this time dared to explore such subversive and controversial…
Movie #4 in my Journey towards Cinephilia
Francois Truffaut is a French New Wave director whom I admire. Unlike his counterpart Godard, his films are full of life and while theory exists within them, I would argue that Truffaut is an artist director.
Jules and Jim were about the synonymous two men who become friends and later get involved in a love triangle that spans decades. Truffaut takes an ambitious story and creates subtlety exploring the emotions of each character and their interactions with the other characters over time.
One of my favorite parts of the Truffaut movies I've seen is his use of camera. In this film, the camera starts playfully, following the characters. As these character progress over…
Catherine your a ****.
I really enjoyed the first hour of this, it began to lose me towards the end as i found it to meander a little too much but the ending sure packed a poignant punch. For the most part this film is a fun and engaging story with melancholic vibes shining under the surface throughout. Jules and Jim are both great characters, but the film really isn't about them despite getting the title, it's more about Catherine, the untamable free bird that can not and will not stay still.
First up let me get my ignorance out of the way. I always thought this was about a woman (Jules) and a man (Jim). So I was wrong straight away, Jules and Jim are both men.
This should have been a great watch for me, I really expected to enjoy it and maybe even have it enter my favourite films list, however that wasn't to be.
I lost interest around the third time, Catherine (who is a woman) switched the focus of her attractions. I found it all a bit tedious from then on.
Perhaps I just wasn't in the mood for this weird love triangle, one day I shall revisit to see if that changes.
The ending is bonkers though, I didn't see that coming.
Some readers may be familiar with the music video for Sixpence None The Richer - Kiss Me. Which recreates some scenes from the film.
Truffaut is an artist with the camera. Everything is shot with a certain romanticism, as if were being seen for the first time; the result is mesmerising. However, I can't quite describe what I didn't love about it, but there were some aspects that didn't thrill me and immerse me in the ways which 'The 400 Blows' and 'Day For Night' did. I felt some parts were rushed, and others dragged. Maybe I went in with a little too much expectation; something a few films I've watched over the last few months have suffered from. But it's still a beautiful film, an interesting and raw exploration of love which subverts traditional narrative.
This film starts off strong. In fact, it starts off in a whirlwind. We're introduced to the title characters by way of a montage that is really quite terrific. Jules and Jim are fascinating characters and engaging from the start. Unfortunately, the film falters midway through.
When we are introduced to Catherine, the free spirit that gets into the middle of Jules and Jim's relationship, the story not only slows down, but it is no longer centered on their relationship; rather, it focuses on their relationship with Catherine. On paper (and in the script), this probably seemed like sound story telling. However, Jules and Jim is the perfect example of a film where characters come to life through the performances…
AKA Bitch Be Crazy. Sometimes I feel like a crazy high maintenance demanding wife and I feel bad for my poor husband, but I felt better after watching this and seeing what crazy REALLY looks like. Beautifully shot, beautiful score, and the story really stays with you! The lesson? If you're in denial about your feelings for your same-sex friend, try to not use a crazy person as a beard.
A wonderful tale of friendship in the face of disputed romance, Jules and Jim is Truffaut at his most effortlessly charming. A delightful film for the ages.
Apparently I was supposed to love Jeanne Moreau's character. I'm not sure why Truffaut felt a person who was self-indulgent to the point of being a sociopath, who used people for whatever she wanted, and who tried to harm people who would not do what she wanted, is a character I should love.
This is really a tale of an (unspoken) love story between two men and the woman who tries to separate them.
I love every single inch of this movie. It’s the pacing that makes it soar, it just picks you up and sweeps you along, repeatedly beaning you on the head with surprises along the way.. I think its a spotless, immaculate film that I never ever ever tire of. Absolutely wonderful in every single way.
The pre-war half is playful, funny, and with very imaginative film techniques and styles, while the post-war half depends more on the drama between the main three characters. I must say I preferred the first half to the second, but a great watch all the way through.
Released in the blooming nouveaux-bohemian era of the French New Wave was François Truffaut's uncompromising, uncontrollable and unfulfilled love story Jules and Jim. More specifically, this romantic classic has created a perennial observation at what it means to live, love, fight, lose and regret under the guise of three intertwined people before and after World War I. Beginning with the breathless récitant of Michel Subor also stems a generational moral freedom where relationships seem purely honest and innocent like those between children. Such initial back-hopping ecstasy in the selfless friendship of Jules and Jim reveals a carefree characteristic that will painfully be contrasted by the impetuous Catherine. The boys from Austria and France are reasonably affluent writers with no income…