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May 29, 2008

Breathless

Another foreign film from the late 50's, this one is French. I'm starting to suspect that I don't like French films so much. Now I actually kind of like "Shoot the Piano Player," but I had to watch the last hour of "Wages of Fear" in fast forward. French movies feel like they're more about mood and editing then they are about an actual story or character. This may be an unfair accusation, but it's how I'm feeling.

The basic storyline is of a man who is a criminal on the run after shooting a cop. He shacks up with an American girl in Paris while he hides from the law. Ummm... that's it. That's the whole story. There's not action. Every once in a while cops show up somewhere and ask questions. Then they go away. In the end, the American girl dimes the criminal out, and he is shot in the back and dies. (It's a french movie, of course he's going to die.)

I did not hate this movie by any means, there was a lot to like. I actually dig the editing style of the french new wave movies, the jump cuts work for me. But it's just annoying to me when I read the movie's description on Netflix and then learn nothing more by actually watching the film itself. No twists, no funny dialogue, no surprises that build on the basic premise and keep you satisfied.

2 out of 4 - I doubt you'd like it very much.

Posted by jason on May 29, 2008 01:18 AM

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