On the run after killing a cop, small-time crook Jesse Lujack (Richard Gere) teams up with Monica (Valerie Kaprisky), a French architectural student he encounters in Las Vegas. Tempting Monica with the offer of a trip to Mexico, Jesse takes her along for the ride, but it isn't long before his criminal activities catch up with them both. Jim McBride directs this remake of Jean-Luc Godard's 'A Bout de Souffle'.
Breathless, Jim McBride's 1983 remake of Au Bout de Souffle rewrites Godard's existential hipster as a vain, style-obsessed hood and in the process loses some of the point. Godard's hero was a translation and productive misunderstanding of a quintessentially American sort of delinquent; because it is a retranslation, Gere's intelligent, nervy performance as Jesse Lujack suffers by comparison, however admirable it is taken in itself. McBride's direction strokes Gere's face and body lovingly--his every foxy smile, or glance at himself in a mirror, is played for passionate significance. This is also a good-looking film: the back alleys of LA and sunset over the Mojave desert have rarely looked as good. Valerie Kaprisky's Monica is inevitably given secondary importance; the decision to make the woman who goes along with Jesse's wild final ride on a whim an exchange student makes her at once more and less like her equivalent in the Godard--she has a touching exoticism that is at the same time somehow beside the point. The DVD includes the original theatrical trailer. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to the DVD edition.See all Product Description
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I have watched this film countless times and it still hasn't lost its appeal for me. I'd say it's a must for Richard Gere fans who haven't yet seen it!
had it on video and just had
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...at times painful, hilarious (for absolutely the most wrong reasons but in the best possible way), disturbing, sexy, or just down right rubbish, this is one of those films that really shouldn't work. And it doesn't work. But then kind of does, in a way that is almost the wrong kind of appealing, and is pretty much just dire and tragic but you want to try and find some solace from it. It's quite often cringingly bad to watch, as Richard Gere is just so contemptible you couldn't conceive. I don't mean contemptible for lack of morals, a struggling, imperfect anti-hero, I mean contemptible as in relentlessly irritating and loathsome character of the highest degree with no redeeming features whatsoever. Who knows, maybe that's what he was going for.
Given his loathsomeness, the most amazing aspect of the film is for Valérie Kaprisky to be enamoured with the guy.Read more ›
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excellent revamp. gere has never looked better. check out the end...filmed outside the gates of errol flynnes` ruined house!Published 4 months ago by Mrs. S. A. Knibbs
The. Story was not upto the usual standard expected from a Richard Gere film ,it had a 'B' movie feel to itPublished 9 months ago by christine page
Great movie in great locations with both leads at their bestPublished 11 months ago by Paul Kilmarnock