A small-time thief steals a car and impulsively murders a motorcycle policeman. Wanted by the authorities, he reunites with a hip American journalism student and attempts to persuade her to run away with him to Italy.
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Michel Poiccard, an irresponsible sociopath and small-time thief, steals a car and impulsively murders the motorcycle policeman who pursues him. Now wanted by the authorities, he renews his relationship with Patricia Franchini, a hip American girl studying journalism at the Sorbonne, whom he had met in Nice a few weeks earlier. Before leaving Paris, he plans to collect a debt from an underworld acquaintance and expects her to accompany him on his planned getaway to Italy. Even with his face in the local papers and media, Poiccard seems oblivious to the dragnet that is slowly closing around him as he recklessly pursues his love of American movies and libidinous interest in the beautiful American. Written by
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Just about everyone admits its an impressive technically and very innovative film. However, there are arguments about whether or not it is of value story wise.
Reviewing the IMDb comments, there are certainly a lot of mixed reactions to this film. Just about everyone admits its an impressive technically and very innovative film. However, there are arguments about whether or not it is of value story wise. Some regard it as a masterpiece of iconic cool with Belmondo's character on the level with James Dean as a rebel fighting the establishment. Many others complain that in addition to being incredibly slow-moving and confusing, you grow to hate the two main characters and eventually don't care about their fates. I am a member of the first camp as I feel this film is both a masterpiece of innovation and characters.
First off, I'll explain what made this film so groundbreaking. Yes, the jump cut techniques have been used many times since and often to negative effect. They work well here though and give the film a very avant-garde feel. Even more so than that however are the characters. Belmondo's character is an anti-hero through and through. He is unlikeable, annoying, and makes constantly bad judgment. Yet at the same time he is cool, rebellious, and oddly sympathetic at the conclusion. This and "Yojimbo" created the modern anti-hero. As his American girlfriend, Jean Seberg is also very charismatic and they have great chemistry together.
Past the innovations, many have complained this is a film more to be appreciated than enjoyed. I disagree. The characters are interesting and the screenplay is believable. Many have said its slowly paced. It can be at times but its never boring as every scene contributes. I didn't find the bedroom conversation to be as tiring as everyone else seems to. Overall, if you have any interest in the history of film, you must see this at least one. Love it or hate it, just admit that it was very ahead of its time. (9/10)
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