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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.

Director:

François Truffaut

Writers:

Henri-Pierre Roché (novel), François Truffaut (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jeanne Moreau ... Catherine
Oskar Werner ... Jules (as Oscar Werner)
Henri Serre ... Jim
Vanna Urbino Vanna Urbino ... Gilberte
Serge Rezvani Serge Rezvani ... Albert (as Bassiak)
Anny Nelsen Anny Nelsen ... Lucie
Sabine Haudepin Sabine Haudepin ... Sabine, la petite
Marie Dubois ... Thérèse
Michel Subor ... Récitant / Narrator (voice)
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Storyline

In pre-WWI Paris, two friends, Jules (Austrian) and Jim (French), fall in love with the same woman, Catherine. But Catherine loves and marries Jules. When they meet again in Germany after the war, Catherine starts to love Jim - This is the story of three people in love, a love that doesn't affect their friendship, and about how their relationship evolves with the years. Written by Yepok

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Taglines:

A Hymn to Life and Love

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French | German | English

Release Date:

23 January 1962 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Jules and Jim See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,206, 25 April 1999

Gross USA:

$509

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$446,908
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

When Jim has to return to Paris after his long stay, he jumps onto a train where the locomotive pulls two passenger cars and a cargo carriage (in that order) out of the station. After the cut to a longer aerial shot, it is pulling a cargo carriage and three passenger cars. See more »

Quotes

Jules: The most important factor in any relationship is the woman's fidelity. The husband's is secondary. Who was it who wrote, "Woman is natural, therefore abominable?"
Jim: Baudelaire, but he was describing a certain world.
Jules: Not at all. He spoke of women in general. What he says about a young girl is magnificent: "Horror, monster, assassin of the arts, little fool, little slut. The greatest idiocy combined with the greatest depravity." Wait. I'm not finished. This is marvelous: "I'm always astonished they...
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Le Tourbillon
Written by Serge Rezvani
Performed by Jeanne Moreau
Played at the guitar by Serge Rezvani
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Whirlpool Of Days
11 January 2002 | by Cheetah-6See 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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