Unfairly ignored by the public and the elites of the press at its release, this excellent movie by Serge Gainsbourg shows how Johnny Jane, a young girl of the Wild West, falls in love with Krasky, a truck driver that stops by the truck-stop she works at, and how their relationship evolvsd, especially when Padovan, Krasky's boyfriend, isn't too happy to see a woman steal his boyfriend.
As for the thematics of its movie, I really loved what Judy Birkin said, that this story was like the Little Mermaid, in the sense that Johnny Jane is ready to transform herself to fall in love with Krasky, even though it is suffering to her. This was an opinion I agreed to after watching this movie, which seemed closer to a fable than a romance.
Right from the first scene, Serge shows that he has a lot of talent for visual arts. Indeed, every shot is cleverly composed and the cinematography, even though it has a lot of surrealism, reminds us of the great westerns, a genre that the director adored watching. Even the music reminds us of this genre as we hear both his songs 'La ballade de Johnny Jane' and 'Je t'aime moi non plus' turned into melancholic melodies. Why, speaking of 'La ballade de Johnny Jane', it is interesting to hear this song right after the movie, for I think it is also Gainsbourg`s message to Johnny Jane after what she's been through during the story.
As for the actors, I think they all gave incredible performances, especially Jane Birkin, who gets to show, after playing in uninspiring french comedies in the seventies, that she's an excellent actress who can do daring roles.
In the end, I think it is an excellent movie that should have had a better reception at its release. Especially when the french director François Truffaut had nothing but praises.