Jules et Jim

Jules et Jim

François Truffaut (1962)

101min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner and Henri Serre play three friends whose lives are shaped by the First World War in this masterpiece from François Truffaut. Echoing the style of Jean Renoir while epitomising the exuberance of the nouvelle vague, this is a virtuoso technical performance from the director. He variously uses photographic stills, newsreel footage, freeze frames and undercranked, travelling and distorted imagery to capture both the era and the emotion described in Henri-Pierre Roché's semi-autobiographical tale. Embodying the complex contradictions of modern womanhood, Moreau is enchanting and, immune to her wilfulness, Werner and Serre respond readily to her caprice. However, their failure to understand her motives and insecurities prevents them from detecting the incipient despair that will ultimately lead to tragedy.

Summary

An Austrian and a Frenchman fall for the charms of the same girl, creating an endlessly shifting love triangle between the trio as their relationship matures. Francois Truffant's romantic drama, starring Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner, Henri Serre and Vanna Urbino.

Cast & Crew

Catherine Jeanne Moreau
Jules Oskar Werner
Jim Henri Serre
Thérèse Marie Dubois
Gilberte Vanna Urbino
Sabine Sabine Haudepin
Albert Boris Bassiak
Birgitta Kate Noelle
Lucie Anny Nelsen
Helga Christiane Wagner
First customer in café Jean-louis Richard
Second customer in café Michel Varesano
Narrator Michel Subor
Director François Truffaut
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Other Information

Language: French +subtitlesBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: BFIAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 30 May 2008
Drama