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Jules et Jim

France, French, 105 mins

  • Director: François Truffaut
  • Writer: Henri-Pierre Roché; François Truffaut
  • Producer: Marcel Berbert; François Truffaut

CGiii Comment

You would be forgiven in thinking that this is a catastrophic comedy - the acting is reminiscent of the silent era - over-pronounced and affected.

Jim and Jules are an unattractive double act who dress identically.....chasing the same woman - the diabolical Catherine - a woman who would make any man turn homosexual for the sake of self-preservation.

Littered with redundant scenes, scored with the most inappropriate music - the overly wordy script is further brutalised by cluttered narration.

The ending is a preposterous climax to a monotonous melodrama that has garnered an inexplicable amount of praise.

Cast & Characters

Jeanne Moreau as Catherine;
Oskar Werner as Jules;
Henri Serre as Jim;
Vanna Urbino as Gilberte;
Boris Bassiak as Albert;
Anny Nelsen as Lucie;
Sabine Haudepin as Sabine, la petite;
Marie Dubois as Therese;
Michel Subor as Recitant / Narrator;
Danielle Bassiak as Albert's companion;
Elen Bober as Mathilde;
Pierre Fabre as Drunkard in cafe;
Dominique Lacarriere as One of the women;
Bernard Largemain as Merlin;
Kate Noelle as Birgitta

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