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Charming and entertaining film,
This review is from: Jules Et Jim [DVD] (DVD)
Francois Truffaut's "Jules et Jim" is rightly regarded as one of the classic French films.Although it is in black and white and was made 43 years ago, it still has a freshness and vitality to it. It is a visionary film, portraying a very 21st Century morality in which Jeanne Moreau's capricious and passionate Catherine is the love interest for two friends, Jules and Jim . Jules and Jim are two scholarly socialites with little interest in monogamous relationships until the bewitching Catherine comes along. After Jules marries her, he soon realises that cosy domesticity is not for Catherine and their marriage quickly becomes an "open" one and his friend Jim gets drawn into a love triangle with her.
The film must have been very controversial in the 1960's as it glamourises adultery and pre-marital sex and is essentially amoral, making a mockery out of the marital institution. However it is a captivating story, well acted with strong characterisation, the music is great and the film is directed well by Truffaut. I must admit to feeling sorry for Jules and Gilberta as Moreau's turbulent Catherine ("une force du nature") causes them so much pain.Like Bardot in "Le Mepris", Moreau portrays a woman whose "me first" characteristics and morals are very much part of the zeitgeist of this decade.