Jules and Jim
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Acclaimed French director François Truffaut's third and, for many viewers, best film is an adaptation of a semi-autobiographical novel by Henri-Pierre Roché. Set between 1912 and 1933, it stars Oskar Werner as the German Jules and Henri Serre as the Frenchman Jim, kindred spirits who, while on holiday in Greece, fall in love with the smile on the face of a sculpture. Back in Paris, the smile comes to life in the person of Catherine (Jeanne Moreau); the three individuals become constant companions, determined to live their lives to the fullest despite the world war around them. When Jules… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"More than 40 years old, François Truffaut's whirling dervish remains an ageless beauty."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Village Voice
"There is joy in the filmmaking that feels fresh today and felt audacious at the time."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Along with Godard's Breathless, François Truffaut's Jules et Jim is probably the essential French New Wave film -- and it's possibly even more essential."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"There is new beauty in what Truffaut is trying to show us, an exquisiteness that..forever alter[ed] the face of cinema."
‑ Bill Gibron, DVDTalk.com
"This breezy yet complicated look at maybe the most famous menage a trois modern history has known is Trauffaut's finest moment."
‑ Anthony Del Valle, Las Vegas Mercury
"With this 1961 film Truffaut comes closest to the spirit and sublimity of his mentor, Jean Renoir, and the result is a masterpiece of the New Wave."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"To put it quickly and crisply, it is charming, exciting and sad."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Truffaut's masterpiece is one of the best dissections of that uniquely French concept, menage a trois, with a definitive performance of Jeanne Moreau at the center; his love for the film medium is evident in every frame of this tragic yet giddy romance"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"complicates any easy sense of what true freedom really entails"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Far too cute and ridiculous for its own good, yet riddled with so many strong points that it can't be overlooked."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, eCinemaCenter.com
"Truffaut's third film may not look the masterpiece it seemed 40-odd years ago, but it remains one of his most enjoyable movies."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"A case study in romantic triangulation."
‑ Carrie Rickey, The Dissolve
"The acting by the three stars is superb, though this is ultimately Jeanne Moreau's film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Jules and Jim is sad yet humorous, breathless yet contemplative, universal yet hermetic."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Slant Magazine
"A beautifully shot, fun romp that isn't afraid to question received ideals of morality and find them wanting."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
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