Jules and Jim (The Criterion Collection)
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(May 31, 2005)
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Having seen the film itself several times, I have to admit that on first viewing its great reputation was a bit baffling. My own expectations had been defeated, as I was expecting a film which was at core 'realist'. On subsequent viewings, it became much more rewarding, especially on encountering the idea that it is more a 'fairy tale' or, at least, a fable. When I stopped thinking of the film as 'prose' and allowed it to be appreciated as 'poetry', its spirit suddenly made sense. The style is truly original, and so inevitably preconceived expectations will be disappointed.
There is a pervasive light-hearted energy to the film, embodied in all aspects of its making, from the dancing camerawork, to the deft editing and playful performances. And this provides a poignant contrast to the themes explored, which deal with denser issues of commitment and allegiance. The characters might well be taken as representing larger ideas, such as national identity, but any symbolism is gestural and open-ended, so the film never feels preachy.Read more ›
Jeanne Moreau's Catherine is eternally alluring, selfish, manipulating, and cruel. She is perfect as the siren who plays with men as a cat plays with a mouse. Oscar Werner gives a sympathetic performance as the idealistic and vulnerable Jules, who goes from carefree youth to melancholy middle-age. Henri Serre is well-cast as Jim, more quiet and introspective, yet still helplessly drawn to the enigmatic Catherine.
This is the kind of movie one admires more each time you see it. At first, you are dependent on the subtitles; later you just enjoy the flow of scenes, the gradual change in mood from youthful exuberance to subdued acceptance, and then the stark and tragic, yet inevitable, conclusion. If you like character-driven stories about unconventional people, you'll enjoy Jules and Jim.
Truffaut's storytelling is crisp and clear, and the three actors are sublime. This is a triumph of the spirit and a deeply romantic film. C'est la vie magnifique.
For me, `Jules et Jim' is that kind of film.
`Jules et Jim' is a remarkable story of two men and their unwavering love for one another and for a woman named Catherine. The film spans over 30 years and finds Catherine waltzing into their lives, taking root in Jules heart only to give herself to Jim. What is so moving about this film is that, despite their undeniable love triangle, the relationship between Jules and Jim never falters. Their bond is the central most important facet to the flow of their lives, and if their relationship were to crack and fade then Catherine would find herself alone; literally. As much as Jules loves Catherine, his love for his friend, his comrade, is stronger and thus makes the acceptance of Jim's love for Catherine more acceptable and understandable. It's almost as if they share the same woman to be that much closer to one another.
This film is a beautiful depiction of pure friendship.
I think what makes this film so special to me is the fact that it reflects my own personal feelings for that of my best friend, and knowing that our feelings are mutual make this film all that much more a big part of our lives. When Jules and Jim move to the big house with Catherine it is the epitome of paradise for these two men as they can share life's every moment with one another.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just not that great. Content rather empty inspite of it having great reviews.Acting OK.Published 1 day ago by Robert W. Marquis
Beautiful through and through! Catherine is more classic than Holly or Clementine!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Jules and Jim has all you expect from a French film of the early 60s: charm, playfulness, pensiveness, melancholy, and verve. Read morePublished 4 months ago by rbrogan3
François Truffaut's "Jules and Jim" opens with carousel music and a breathless narration that tells of two young men -- one French, one Austrian --... Read more
An amazing film with an ending I didn't expect. Not a film for those with limited patience, as the pacing is quite slow. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Matthew Jeske
Meh, kind of boring. I figured since it's French New Wave it would be like Godard's Breathless, but to me it was more like an Ingmar Bergman film, just in French instead of... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Greg Scouras
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