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Jules And Jim / Jules Et Jim

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Tookey's Rating
6 /10
Average Rating
9.29 /10
Oskar Werner, Jeanne Moreau, Henri Serre
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Directed by: Francois Truffaut
Written by: Francois Truffaut, Jean Gruault from Henri-Pierre Roche's novel

Released: 1961
Origin: France
Length: 105


A friendship between an Austrian and a Frenchman (Oskar Werner and Henri Serre) is tested over the early decades of the century by their love of the same woman (Jeanne Moreau).

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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At the start of the 60s, Moreau's heroine seemed like a force of nature and the height of sexual sophistication. Now, she looks in need of psychiatric counselling, and the heroes' dogged worship of her appears tiresomely masochistic. The relationship between the two men - one active, the other passive - also seems naive in retrospect.The film is endearingly the work of a young man: full of hurried panning shots and flashy freeze-frames. But Truffaut's visual vitality jars with his plodding, repetitive storyline and old-fashioned use of a narrator to tell us what his characters are thinking. Remade in 1980 by Paul Mazursky, as Willie and Phil.

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