Jules and Jim (1962)
"Jules et Jim" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  23 January 1962 (France)
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Decades of a love triangle concerning two friends and an impulsive woman.



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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 3 wins. See more awards »



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Complete credited cast:
Jules (as Oscar Werner)
Henri Serre ...
Vanna Urbino ...
Serge Rezvani ...
Albert (as Bassiak)
Anny Nelsen ...
Sabine Haudepin ...
Sabine, la petite
Récitant / Narrator (voice)


In Paris, before WWI, two friends, Jules (Austrian) and Jim (French) fall in love with the same woman, Catherine. But Catherine loves and marries Jules. After the war, when they meet again in Germany, Catherine starts to love Jim... This is the story of three people in love, a love which does not affect their friendship, and about how their relationship evolves with the years. Written by Yepok

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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

23 January 1962 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Jules and Jim  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£25,589 (UK) (30 May 2008)


£25,589 (UK) (30 May 2008)

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2.35 : 1
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Director of photography Raoul Coutard used lightweight photographic equipment that hadn't been used before to create a fluid style to the camerawork, even mounting some of the cameras on bicycles. See more »


When Jules, Jim, and Albert are sitting on the grass sharing stories about the war, the order of the three characters repeatedly changes between shots. Note that this is actually a goof on the Criterion Region 1 disc, and the Tartan Region 2 DVD, in which the film is reversed left/right. It does not occur in other DVD releases of this film, including the Fox/Lorber Region 1 release. See more »


Jules: [voice over] But it was not allowed
[Last lines]
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Referenced in Law & Order: Sideshow (1999) See more »


Le Tourbillon
Written by Serge Rezvani (as 'Boris Bassiak' or Cyrus Bassiak)
Performed by Jeanne Moreau with Serge Rezvani on guitar
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Whirlpool Of Days
11 January 2002 | by (Maui) – See all my reviews

Those with heavy sensibilities along the lines of conventional "morality" seem to have a hard time allowing themselves to enjoy this film for what it is: A beautiful visual poem about the passing of time and the progression and growth of an unusual friendship. This friendship may be unusual but feels completely natural and true. Jules and Jim if anything, exhibit great maturity in their relationship with each other and Catherine. It's refreshing to see a film dealing with a deep love, friendship and emotional bond between two males and a mutual love for a woman, without the usual competitiveness and controlling possessiveness that is the norm. Jules and Jim come off more as an enlightened pair. It seems understood among them there is no real belonging of one human being to another. Catherine's whims of the heart are discussed between them at every stage throughout the film and they are willing to accept them and love her for who she is as well as each other.

I do feel that this film lost it's pacing toward the end and seemed to speed up to conclusion. That being it's only flaw. Visually it is stunning. Francois Truffaut was a poet with the camera and his subtle nuances are captivating. The scenes of Jules, Jim and Catherine enjoying days together seem so natural and evoke the feel of wonderful days spent together among best friends that transported me back to days gone by.

"we met with a kiss/ a hit, then a miss/ and we parted/ we went our own ways/ in life's whirlpool of days/ around and around we go/ together bound/ together bound."

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