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aka - Jules Et Jim
France 1961
Directed by
Francois Truffaut
105 minutes
Rated PG

Reviewed by
Bernard Hemingway
2.5 stars

Jules And Jim

Although Jules et Jim is widely regarded as a classic of the French New Wave and was a critical and financial success in its day, I've always found it overlong and rather fey.

Faithfully adapted from a novel by Henri-Pierre Roche, it tells the story, beginning at the turn of the 20th century, of two young men, Jules (Oskar Werner) and Jim (Henri Serre) caught in a triangular relationship with their common love, Catherine (Jeanne Moreau). 40-50 years elapse although they never look, nor for that matter behave, any older than at the outset. The voice-over narration deprives the film of intensity but the main problem with the film is that Catherine is hardly a compelling enough character to provide any justification for why these admittedly rather bland chaps would maintain such dogged devotion as she shifts her affections from one to the other. It is one of Moreau's most iconic roles but this is principally because the script and Truffaut's directing make her the centre of our attention rather than anything that she does to win it.




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