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Jules and Jim (1962)

Jules et Jim (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 23 January 1962 (France)
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 & 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Complete credited cast:
Jules (as Oscar Werner)
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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A Hymn to Life and Love


Drama | Romance


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23 January 1962 (France)  »

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Jules and Jim  »

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jean Renoir was a particular fan of the film and wrote a letter to François Truffaut expressing his pleasure. Truffaut carried that letter with him for years afterward. See more »


Around the 35th minute, a train is shown. It is supposed to be just after WWI (the girl, Sabine, is very young), but the train is marked SNCF. The SNCF was founded in 1937... Many years afterwards. See more »


Jim: I agree with you that in love a couple is not ideal. You only have to look around. You wanted to invent something better by rejecting hypocrisy and resignation. You wanted to invent love. But pioneers must be humble and unselfish. We must face the truth. We failed. We made a mess of everything. You tried to change me to suit you. I tried to spread joy, but I've created only pain.
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Referenced in Red Oaks: Paris (2016) See more »


Le Tourbillon
Written by Serge Rezvani
Performed by Jeanne Moreau
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Forces of Nature
23 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

There is a book by Goethe mentioned in this movie, it's "Wahlverwandschaften", and its appearance is quite meaningful. Because the movie takes a look on human loves and lives that is quite similar to older Goethe's fatalistic world-view in his novel, very far from hope and idealisms. Strength (Moreau's character) and Weakness (Jim) are equal forces of nature, and both conduct us to death. The stoic attitude (Jules) is resignation and, seen this way, it is "weakness" too, but, on the other hand, it seems to be the STRONGEST way, because it means survival. JULES ET JIM, both in its content and in its aesthetics, has an air of antique tragedies, but - and this is more like the German novel - without complain, without crying. That's why it leaves you so "unsatisfied", and that's why it's still disturbing, even today.

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