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Breathless

Breathless

1960
Romance
Drama
1h 30m
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Rated 27 Aug 2008
4
70th
Nearly fifty years later, Breathless still feels very fresh and audacious, but as its influence has mostly been absorbed into the films that followed, it's easier to judge it strictly on its merits as a film - and while it is pretty great, it's not the transcendent masterwork its reputation might have you believing it to be. However, I had a damn good time watching it - Godard is very playful and the movie is carefree fun.
Rated 09 Nov 2008
88
92nd
Godard was on a rampage with this film, hacking away at scenes to the point of incomprehension thus creating a whirlwind that could very well cause motion sickness. This is not merely a masterpiece in editing, however. Of course it doesn't hurt that the film is slick as hell and Jean-Paul Belmondo oozes attitude, even though we know he's faking it every step of the way. Even the soundtrack is fantastic; that upbeat jazzy riff that's somehow able to frame the gangsters as cartoon characters.
Rated 10 Sep 2007
84
77th
This feels throughout like a movie about a guy who idolizes film noir and tries to live his life as if it were such a film. Watching it on this level I was very entertained and the movie was definitely a satisfying experience.
Rated 19 May 2012
47
43rd
Feels incredibly contrived and experimental. It might be an important film but I didn't get much out of it; disliked the characters and most of the dialogue. Hmmm let's discuss Faulkner and interview some bullshit pseudo-intellectual... *sigh* you aren't pretentious enough for me, I'm calling the cops on you.
Rated 17 Apr 2009
93
98th
A shattering triumph of style over substance, this film is as enjoyable as crime films get, bathed in the peculiar style of the Nouvelle Vague and featuring some great camerawork.
Rated 20 Feb 2008
10
98th
Who doesn't like this movie? You can't really have a better debut as a filmmaker. So playful, so fun, i love it. Belmondo is my hero.
Rated 08 Jan 2009
4
83rd
Breathless lacks all but the faintest shadow of a dramatic impulse, yet it's surprisingly compelling. The script is snappy and flows naturally, even when it's completely inconsequential. It's also a veritable clinic on free-associative film making. Gleeful destruction of the fourth wall, lengthy tracking shots, unique framing, strange "burps" in continuity, jump cuts, and extreme close-ups are all thrown into the film with gusto. A unique and enjoyable experience.
Rated 08 Sep 2009
100
96th
Jean-Luc Godard's crime drama is more than just a crime drama. The film's two lead characters are full of depth and refuse to find easy ways out of things. This is the big link to "Breathless"' genius: and it shows at its strongest when Patricia has a drastic decision to make. Genuine and full of truth, "Breathless" is for the moviegoer who appreciates romance at its most brutally honest.
Rated 30 Jan 2009
86
86th
A little bit of story and a hell of a lot of style. The fresh direction, the jazz soundtrack, the sauve and flighty performances all just bounce and blend together perfectly, with the editing capping the mood. All this does a good job of camouflaging what an obnoxious prick Michel is (even after he proclaims it with his opening line!). Some great dialogue mixed with some drivel does little to mar a classy package.
Rated 08 Apr 2010
52
20th
Godard throws himself against the medium to find something different but at the same time neglects the basics, or perhaps doesn't even know what the basics are. The complete lack of tonality is shocking, a result of Godard valuing stylistic quirks above any kind of emotional core. The editing is horrible, and the characters, music, and camerawork only a little less so. There is no fun to be had here, nothing inspiring or riveting, only a load of dated postmodernist gibberish.
Rated 10 Dec 2010
50
23rd
Avant-garde masterpiece? More like a self-serious bore. A milestone of cinema? More like a static, tiring experiment that perceives action sequences (I mean scenes where people do things) as fillers. The dialogues are so pompous that you don't have the mental strength to analyze them in order to find a piece of truth. I watched this hoping it'd give me something. It didn't.
Rated 27 Jan 2013
64
21st
I've never really gotten the praise for the French New Wave and, frankly, found this movie to be boring and all the characters to be annoying, at best. Furthermore, Belmondo ain't that hot in more than one sense of the word.
Rated 13 Jan 2008
92
88th
Breathless is just a lot of fun. Considering the short length, lack of variety in scenes, and rather simple plot, it's impressive that the characters' charm and witty banter is what keeps this movie so fresh and engaging. Cited by many as the foundation of the French New Wave, it's easy to see why Breathless is considered such a classic. Fun, upbeat, light and also thoroughly engaging, Godard and Truffaut created a masterpiece of 60's French cinema.
Rated 14 Mar 2013
70
28th
A commendable film for its innovative style which inspired countless filmmakers to come. The story was decent enough but the characters irritated the hell out of me and I didn't enjoy watching them (besides a couple of - I believe - unintentional laughs). What am I supposed to give a movie like this? I guess I'll give it a 70.
Rated 14 Oct 2010
57
32nd
This film is historically important, but I really hated the characters and I didn't have any fun watching this at all.
Rated 10 Jul 2008
3
45th
The film moves along with a carefree attitude, with sporadic editing and jump cuts that aren't so much jarring as they are playful. Much of the movie takes place on the bustling streets of Paris, and with all the handheld camera work it almost feels like documentary. Godard combines those verite stylings with Hollywood noir influences to create one hell of a good time.
Rated 25 Feb 2015
70
65th
I always preferred Truffaut to Godard so I don't know if this movie is better because of the former or worse due to the latter. And I'm pretty sure I just outed myself as ignorant. But when it comes to overly long scenes taking place in Parisian apartments...never mind. You can take the Schwarzenegger fan into the French New Wave, but you can't make a movie worse with rippling biceps. I didn't know how to end that. Sorry it got weird.
Rated 06 Jul 2007
71
42nd
Very cold to me. I don't really understand why either of these two do most of what they do. Reading some of the other reviews, I guess they are supposed to be unpleasant and foolish. That being the case, why should I care?
Rated 12 Oct 2007
100
83rd
Under no circumstances don't mix this 1960 French New Wave masterpiece - À bout de souffle by Jean-Luc Godard - with the 1983 Richard Gere remake. À bout de souffle changed the face of the cinema in so many aspects it's hard to imagine many others alike. Jump-cuts, to point one example, was considered as a mistake when this movie was released to the screens. Thus, along with making À bout de souffle Godard had also invented the video clip. Seberg and Belmondo make you want to fall in love.
Rated 25 Oct 2009
9
90th
Godard could've easily been a great writer or musician, his style is so different and at times frustrating yet peerless and pleasing at the same time. I'm sure that when I revisit the film, it'll be like watching it for the 1st time all over again (much like Tarantino's 'Pulp Fiction'). Although its style overpowers the narrative, it's one of the most fun you'll have at the movies. An audacious and entertaining piece of work.
Rated 17 Jul 2009
4
93rd
Playful and "light", but it also has something to say on love and gender differences in sexuality. Still it's perhaps a bit too light-hearted for me to appreciate this as the masterpiece many claim it to be.
Rated 08 Aug 2009
92
95th
A work of utter style and hypocrisy.
Rated 30 Jan 2022
95
96th
Yeah, I love this. What are you going to do about it? If I had to summarize the plot, it's about a Frenchman who is overly persistent in his desire for an American woman. So, it's basically the story of Pepe Le Pew.
Rated 19 Jun 2012
30
8th
An excellent score is the only saving grace for what is an incredibly juvenile and superficial film. The main character is an unlikeable scumbag and the "cool" style (although effective) aims to compensate for complete lack of content. There is some attempt to tack on ideas about gender roles and alienation in modern society, but it feels like a 16 year old, obsessed with boobs and money, making an utterly bland version of what Antonioni would create in his masterpieces of the following years.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
81
69th
More notable for its astonishing influence on the cinema that followed it rather than for any value it might provide to the modern viewer. It's still an excellent movie and I enjoyed watching it a lot, but I doubt I'd watch more than once or twice.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
73rd
It may be mostly remembered today for being one of the first examples of "modern cinema" and helping start a cinematic revolution, but I happen to think Breathless is also a very entertaining movie and one of Godard's best.
Rated 18 Jul 2008
45
25th
Boring, overrated and annoying are just a few words I can think of to discribe this film.
Rated 10 May 2009
71
79th
I Somehow Cant Find Really Access To The Movies By Jean-Luc Godard, It Is Good, But I Am Unable To Appreciate It As Much As The T10 Bombardments On The Ratings Box.
Rated 09 Jun 2007
73
79th
Historical mumbo-jumbo aside, Breathless is a mesmerizing movie, directed with great ingenuity and edited with ferocious courage, and has a neat vibraphone-heavy jazz soundtrack. Its text, admittedly, is uneven: Sometimes there are lines that are awkward and stupid, other lines are brilliant. The script is pretty good, but it's the way it was filmed that's visionary.
Rated 05 Sep 2015
93
99th
Genre: Whatever. Story: I don't give a shit. Starring: Me and my camera. Action! Jum--------------p Cut. Fin.
Rated 16 Nov 2011
15
3rd
I'm simply going to have to accept that me and Godard don't get along. At all.
Rated 02 Dec 2015
50
7th
It's hard enjoying this film when you're stuck with an aggravating, cocky young man and his boring chick-friend while they talk endlessly about nothing (and there's some flimsy story about a murder going on as well). Not sure why people go on about this being so experimental -- jump-cuts and talking to the camera are seen in the most mainstream of TV shows nowadays, so this film didn't stun me technically either.
Rated 12 Jan 2009
99
92nd
best Godard for sure.
Rated 01 Mar 2008
99
98th
# 29
Rated 30 Dec 2011
85
88th
I think that's the grandfather of 'Pulp Fiction' in the sense that it marks a crisis of the cinema in general and tries to be a formal essay on that crisis, deconstructing the tradition prior to itself and give a reflexive account for what cinema is capable and not. It is not the superificality or ignorance of Godard as some argue, it is that deliberate effort of his who was of course competent on the history of cinema. However his later films were only repeating that nihilistic games on form.
Rated 29 Jan 2017
73
78th
Godard's debut was the original exercise in stylistic cool and a genuine gamechanger for its pioneering use of jump cuts and its radical inversion of genre conventions, but its elevated reputation, at least to this viewer, has always seemed like a by-product of its cultural impact rather than its actual quality. It's an energetic film brimming with invention and youthful exuberance, but like most 60's Godard it's also a little cold and calculating and too enamored with its own cleverness.
Rated 13 Apr 2007
0
8th
Intellectually I can appreciate how groundbreaking this film is, but it's no fun to watch at all
Rated 21 Jun 2007
85
85th
I loved the editing, I adored the main story but I disliked the philosophy.
Rated 27 Nov 2017
78
85th
The jazz and the editing create a wonderfully lighthearted and free-form atmosphere. The story doesn't really stick with you, but the tone of it does.
Rated 30 Sep 2011
2
3rd
ugh
Rated 17 Aug 2009
85
76th
A fun and surprisingly "cool" film whose strengths - the editing, the style, the dialog, the story's simplicity, the emotional detachment - may also be seen by some as its weaknesses. This is the first French New Wave film I've seen and it definitely piques my curiosity in the movement.
Rated 12 Mar 2010
90
97th
Wow! What a ride. The trigger-happy jumpcuts and the high tempo alone make the viewing a wonderful experience. So filled with life and energy and desperation that it might burst at any time.
Rated 12 Apr 2017
54
17th
I hated all the characters, the pacing is piss poor with probably the longest overdrawn scene in a hotel that adds literally nothing to the characters except for my hatred of them. The story just goes nowhere, the editing and score is cool I guess, but I zoned out by the end.
Rated 02 Mar 2013
78
54th
Quite beautiful occasionally noir-like photography. Together with its creative editing, it helps to move the film to greater directions than its plot allows, which leaves much to be desired. Though it highlights certain truths in cultural shifts, the plot development can be quite unbelievable and feels a little contrived, making me care less for the characters which to me, feel a little cold. Lively cinematography with cold characters.
Rated 02 Jul 2020
32
0th
A film with some interesting editing and music which reflects the theme of nihilism and being carefree but, I hated the characters and the story. The characters just seem to talk endlessly about sleeping around, and there is no real relationship development. I did not relate or sympathise with them at all, and there is a murder investigation going on too? In this film there isn't an ounce of intensity, humour, drama or even any entertaining qualities. Don't think about it or your head hurts.
Rated 29 Apr 2013
85
72nd
This awesome movie left me completely -- Wait for it! -- ....Satisfied.
Rated 18 Jun 2016
70
51st
A breathless experience... it was... once upon a time sadly
Rated 19 Jul 2010
8
47th
I was surprised by just how enjoyable Breathless is. Even now it feels fresh and original and the characters are a joy to watch. In particular, the movie's high point is a 24-minute scene of the two main characters sitting in an apartment bullshitting and flirting. Seriously. Godard knows how to make such mundane things interesting to watch.
Rated 29 Jan 2010
85
92nd
cinema in its purest form
Rated 16 Jul 2020
28
8th
I don't get it. The movie oozed style, and there was good chemistry among the actors, but there was nothing else to recommend. It may have been ahead of its time, but the story took a back seat to an irritating, casual, playful tone that didn't jive with the urgency that the plot needed. Get me engaged! Please! I wanted to care, but I couldn't.
Rated 17 Apr 2007
97
97th
# 30
Rated 27 Mar 2012
89
86th
unlike anything else ive seen
Rated 01 Jul 2011
60
29th
The intellectuals of this world have gathered to make "À bout de souffle" a pleasantly snobbish and playful little fable, whose seminal visual innovations (the fun jump cuts) largely overshadow a forgettable plot. The two leads are charming and some of the opaque dialogue is compelling. Of course, there is no substance, but the film is influential and almost never boring, which is a relief. Calling it a masterpiece borders on the preposterous, but it's endearing all right.
Rated 22 May 2019
70
58th
A bit enjoyed watching it, because of its freeness and maybe the atmosphere that fits mine these days. A bit annoyed by cuts and horrible edits and of couse the insist on that much lighting cigarettes, what was that?
Rated 18 Sep 2022
70
74th
"Heard the one about the condemned man? As he's climbing the scaffold, he slips and says, 'That figures!'"
Rated 07 Jun 2010
75
34th
I can't bring myself to enjoy it that much. Sure, jump cuts are fun and I can recognize its influence of style, but the drama is distractingly uneven. The characters are unlikable to the point where I just don't care what's going on, especially when it's trying to subvert or send up the gangster genre. I'm sorry, inner film snob.
Rated 19 Oct 2009
6
95th
Much in what I said about The Last Laugh is true here.
Rated 16 Mar 2017
84
77th
Stylish and while very much of its time, still holds good today.
Rated 14 Aug 2014
65
18th
Jump-cut'ın iyi bi fikir olduğunu kim söyledi...
Rated 15 Jul 2012
95
94th
Excellent debut, excellent character making, excellent 1st role for Belomondo, excellent jump cuts, not-so-excellent accent ms Seberg, excellent mise-en-scene.
Rated 18 Jan 2021
85
76th
Immensely stylish, with great acting and chemistry. The cinematography is especially outstanding. The bedroom scene was maybe a little overlong, but for the most part a very fun and enjoyable film.
Rated 03 May 2021
92
86th
Legendary deconstruction of pop cinema and kick-start of the French New Wave plays better the greater grip you have on its context within film history (not unlike CITIZEN KANE) – like KANE, this also still plays as witty and clever entertainment, with Belmondo and Seberg perfect as the lovers on the run. Godard's daring play with both the conventions of the construction of cinema and his archetypal characters is an impressive achievement, even if it now stands in the shadows of its imitators.
Rated 25 Sep 2012
96
92nd
Aggressively nonchalant, Breathless inhibits narrative tension with airy contemplation, not least of which can be attributed to Michel's morally insouciant composition. Jump cuts knock the film's rhythm off-kilter as it barrels unknowingly into the depths from in medias res to unsavoury ends. Isn't it poetic that Michel's American girlfriend is ultimately his undoing? Isn't it prophetic how the French New Wave is simultaneously inspired by American genre films and a complete inversion of them?
Rated 08 Aug 2010
5
3rd
Slow, too much weird editing, and somewhat pointless. I guess I just don't get New Wave cinema. Some lovely shots of Paris, though.
Rated 17 Oct 2017
65
28th
Iconic for good reason, but as with anything that inspires everything that follows it (or at least half of them, along with the much superior 400 blows) it ends up feeling more than a little hackneyed some decades later. Not fair, but then viewing this as it was received in the 60s is impossible. Its a testament to the original that the act of redefining the cinematic form allowed so many of its imitators to eventually do it better. The story behind its creation is still hugely inspiring.
Rated 31 May 2017
90
95th
An extremely innovative and influential film, the cinematography and editing themselves are breathtaking at times. More than that though, this film perfectly captures the aimlessly lost in Paris vibe and creates two of the most beautiful characters that I've seen in cinema.
Rated 31 Aug 2016
100
99th
This is the best I felt after watching a movie since I don't know when
Rated 22 Oct 2010
1
0th
A personal favourite of mine. Don't think of it as a crime movie and just think of it as a goofy romance "movie" movie (if that makes sense), and it's genius, but only accidentally. I wouldn't attribute too much to skill here, I mostly contribute it to enthusiasm and originality. Score is not a grade.
Rated 20 Mar 2011
73
66th
I think it is valuable if considered in its context and visceral revolution for Cinema...
Rated 31 Mar 2021
35
5th
It basically begs you not to care. So I didn't.
Rated 30 Nov 2006
100
98th
A film that has set new standards in cinematographic techniques. Seeing today it might not be as spectacular as it had to be 1960, but still - this is pure film history.
Rated 17 Dec 2016
70
64th
Groundbreaking in its day, Breathless still manages to be retain its cool, and remains interesting throughout. #1001Movies
Rated 16 May 2010
98
98th
awesome.
Rated 19 Jan 2013
85
80th
The film has a restless energy and yet sits down and rests, uses its technique just as much to wink at the audience as to add to the film, and in one highly amusing scene satirizes an intellectual who seems not so different from what people often accuse Godard of being.
Rated 04 Nov 2010
89
89th
Innovative use of editing makes this movie really stand out, add to that a really likable anti-hero and a equally likable free spirited girl, you get a very cool, fast paced Nouvelle Vague classic.
Rated 09 Feb 2012
67
81st
It's quite an entertaining movie, given the crime plot, jazz score, and charming leads. But its reputation as a masterpiece comes more from how groundbreaking it was at the time, which isn't really true today, although it is still a unique and enjoyable experience.
Rated 30 Dec 2013
60
51st
A story about a lowly criminal and the women he knows with a side story about him killing a cop. It doesn't make much sense, it's pompous, and pretty full of itself. Jean-Paul Belmondo is not a good looking guy and his character is ignorant and lacking any good qualities but woman seem to love him for it. Police know who he is but he can still wander around all he wants? WTF. Highly overrated but not a complete waste of time. watch it more for it's style and less for entertainment.
Rated 02 Oct 2010
70
41st
It's kind of fun to watch Godard play with the form, but Michel has to be one of the most repulsively unpleasant protagonists I've ever come across in a movie, and not in an interesting way. Made me want to take a bath, particularly after the scene where he gets his disgusting cigarette ash all over the stupid girl's bed. I just don't want to spend time with these empty-headed posers, even while the movie they're posing in is kind of enjoyable.
Rated 05 Feb 2024
45
16th
"ben kendimden bahsediyordum ve sen de kendinden. benim hakkımda konuşmalıydın ve ben de senin."
Rated 08 Apr 2018
3
4th
story about some loser who acts like an asshole to his girlfriend, a walking haircut with the personality of a pencil eraser. send this souffle back to the kitchen. *Edit:* lol I've never seen so many fart-smelling posers get knocked off my TCI list so fast
Rated 02 Dec 2007
100
94th
I love the French New Wave era. Godard is one of my favs. quirky, funny and deep.
Rated 17 Dec 2010
86
50th
I wish this movie had leaned a little more in one direction, rather than lightly touching on a bunch of directions.
Rated 26 Jun 2018
65
68th
a bout de souffle was a revelation in its time, a direct usurpation of the old guard of the cinema. godard's free wheeling direction, its existential message was so novel that it became it's own thing, the nouvel vague. leaving the obvious aside, the film relies heavily on the charisma of the leads, particularly belmondo, who became a star with his role. in some ways, cinema did actually stay the same.
Rated 22 Dec 2009
92
89th
Stylish and innovative New Wave.
Rated 03 Jun 2008
92
90th
why the hell i liked this movie? i dont know :) i just did
Rated 21 Jun 2011
90
85th
I was surprised by Breathless. The film is having more fun than I ever imagined it would. For some reason I had Bicycle Thieves on the brain going into it. I don't know why. But Breathless is more snappy, fast, and light-hearted than its Italian counterparts. I really liked the breakneck speed editing style, as well as the super hip Jazz soundtrack. It's strange to say about a 50 year old film, but I found it refreshing.
Rated 05 Jan 2023
70
24th
Perhaps 'Breathless' has worked itself so far into the culture that it's not possible to come to it fresh. Or perhaps it is the Frenchness of it all, or that Patricia hits the raw nerve of an old flame, but the film leaves me at a distance. Godard's jump cuts are innovative and the energy of the film changes from lethargic to chaotic in a way that it is borderline tiring. I simply do not want to spend time with these characters. I understand its greatness and significance, but it is not for me.
Rated 31 Jul 2016
95
94th
Godard's consistently moving camera shooting the streets of Paris creates a surprising amount of tender moments, especially with the close-ups of Patricia Franchini (Jean Seberg). Truffaut's writing really shines in this film, even when it seems nonsensical. It also helps that Jean-Paul Belmondo (Michel Poiccard) is charismatic as all hell.
Rated 29 Oct 2018
80
80th
Patricia Franchini: "I don't know if I'm unhappy because I'm not free, or if I'm not free because I'm unhappy."
Rated 20 Jul 2010
96
98th
Poster child for the French New Wave, this film is the catalyst for exotic cinematography and referential cinema we experience today.
Rated 09 Jan 2012
82
66th
Yeah, it's a low score, but I've only seen the film once, right as I started to get into movies. I should revisit this.
Rated 19 Dec 2008
98
96th
33
Rated 25 Sep 2010
81
66th
In general I don't like the disconnected style over substance of Godard films, but in this case it's a pleasure to watch, even if it's impossible to judge the characters as Godard obviously wants you to.
Rated 17 Sep 2018
70
12th
Good pointless show
Rated 06 Sep 2014
90
86th
French 60s classics by Jean-Luc Godard and one of the best pieces of french new wave. Belmondo, playing a little gangster who has to leave France to avoid jail tries to persuade his girlfriend (the lovely Jean Seberg) to go to Italy with him. Spoiler alert - she doesn't.
Rated 09 Apr 2014
92
90th
This film keeps growing on me, and I appreciate more and more of what Godard does here as the film settles in my mind. The main character's an ignorant blowhard with little to no self-awareness, but it's the complex attitude the film takes to its two leads - which careens wildly between mockery, objectivity, and pointed listlessness - that makes this film so necessary and memorable.
Rated 07 Jan 2007
70
66th
A classic - if you consider yourself a film buff, you have to see it, casual viewers will find it boring.
Rated 06 Mar 2018
83
91st
The movie is as carefree as its two characters. It is easy to see how it would be breath of fresh air for audiences numbed by formulaic stiff movies. Nonetheless, its innovate editing and even the rebellious style has been more than absorbed and feels insufficient to excite new viewers.
Rated 31 Oct 2012
94
83rd
94.000
Rated 02 Feb 2021
3
72nd
historically quite important movie.

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