Breathless (└ bout de souffle) (By a Tether)
Want to See
Not Interested
Rate it ½ star
Rate it 1 star
Rate it 1½ stars
Rate it 2 stars
Rate it 2½ stars
Rate it 3 stars
Rate it 3½ stars
Rate it 4 stars
Rate it 4½ stars
Rate it 5 stars
Breathless (└ bout de souffle) (By a Tether)
Enjoy brunch in the Torpedo Room before screening BREATHLESS hosted by John DeSando and Johnny DiLoretto. There was before BREATHLESS, and there was after BREATHLESS. Jean-Luc Godard burst onto the film scene in 1960 with this jazzy, free-form, and sexy homage to the American film genres that inspired him as a writer for Cahiers du cinÚma. With its lack of polish, surplus of attitude, anything-goes crime narrative, and effervescent young stars Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg, BREATHLESS helped launch the French New Wave and ensured that cinema would never be the same.

Available Online

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Breathless jumps to its own rhythm and pokes holes in its idols even as it worships them."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"This movie liberated the cinema -- the stories you could tell and the ways you could tell them -- as clearly and cleanly as Picasso freed painting and the Sex Pistols rebooted rock."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"A unique hybrid, both the realization of years of critical writings by Godard and ... also a film made by an unabashed cinephile."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"Together, like their countermelodies, Michel and Patricia form a zero-sum game-nothing matters. But with Michel's death, she is left behind to ponder the consequences of their indifference."
‑ Rubin Safaya,
"As his career progressed, Godard's films became more mature and accomplished, but rarely, if ever, did they pack such an immediate, visceral punch."
‑ , Film4
"On its fiftieth birthday Breathless remains fresh and exciting, although its revolutionary approach has long since been absorbed into the mainstream, and the years do show on it a bit."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards,
"Breathless has the proportions wrong. Too much rambling, too little point."
‑ Sarah Kaufman, Washington Post
"With Breathless [Godard] is attempting to break down the rules of the form he loves so much, in order to let us know that it is ALL on the table now, from subject matter to form."
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"Vivre dangereusement jusqu?au bout."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"It's especially impressive how completely Jean Seberg owns Breathless considering what she's up against."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Even 50 years later, it's easy feel how vivid a game-changer Breathless must have been when it arrived."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"If you've never seen Breathless, see it now -- but don't expect an easy ride. If you haven't seen it for ages, see it again and be surprised at the fresh reactions it provokes."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"The film that launched the French New Wave, Breathless remains an outstanding testament to the great ideals of fun filmmaking that infused the movement."
‑ Mike Edwards, What Culture
"It retains its brilliance both as entertainment and as a groundbreaking work of art."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"There is simply no other film which demonstrates so perfectly what it feels like to be young and in love."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
More reviews for Breathless (└ bout de souffle) (By a Tether) on Rotten Tomatoes