François Truffaut's third feature, though it's named for the two best friends who become virtually inseparable in pre-World War I Paris, is centered on Jeanne Moreau's Catherine, the most mysterious, enigmatic woman in his career-long gallery of rich female portraits. Adapted from the novel by Henri-Pierre Roché, Truffaut's picture explores the 30-year friendship between Austrian biologist Jules (Oskar Werner) and Parisian writer Jim (Henri Serre) and the love triangle formed when the alluring Catherine makes the duo a trio. Spontaneous and lively, a woman of intense but dynamic emotions, she becomes the axle on which their friendship turns as Jules woos her and they marry, only to find that no one man can hold her. Directed in bursts of concentrated scenes interspersed with montage sequences and pulled together by the commentary of an omniscient narrator, Truffaut layers his tragic drama with a wealth of detail. He draws on his bag of New Wave tricks for the carefree days of youth--zooms, flash cuts, freeze frames--that disappear as the marriage disintegrates during the gloom of the postwar years. Werner is excellent as Jules, a vibrant young man whose slow, melancholy slide into emotional compromise is charted in his increasingly sad eyes and resigned face, while Serre plays Jim as more of an enigma, guarded and introspective. But both are eclipsed in the glare of Moreau's radiant Catherine: impulsive, demanding, sensual, passionate, destructive, and ultimately unknowable. A masterpiece of the French New Wave and one of Truffaut's most confident and accomplished films. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Completely grateful, and satisfied. One of the best purchases and services I've had all year. I only wish more were like him (and also that he had a bigger criterion collection).Published 21 months ago by Pavel Richardson
I got Jules et Jim because I saw 400 Blows, thought it was the best movie, and wanted to see more Truffaut. Read morePublished on July 12 2004 by Ivy Lin
This is only an adequate DVD release (where are the extras?) but at least Fox Lorber acquired a restored print. Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2004 by C. Rubin
There are some foreign films that have passed into the iconic level in the US, and Jules and Jim is one of them. Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2004 by Peggy Vincent
is merde. this movie is merde. you will pray for demons to eat your eyeballs and erase your memory with pain in the hope that you will forget this, the most truly unforgettable of... Read morePublished on Oct. 31 2003
A story about two friends who become entangled in an emotional triangle with a woman who is not sure in what she wants out of love. Read morePublished on May 25 2003