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À Bout de Souffle (Breathless)

À Bout de Souffle (Breathless)
À Bout de Souffle (Breathless)

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90 minutes




French (English subtitles)


In this groundbreaking black and white French-language film, Michel is a young crook who styles himself on elegant noir movie gangsters such as Humphrey Bogart. After stealing a car and killing a policeman, he decides to lie low in Paris and gather enough money to go on the run. He seeks out an American girl he once had a fling with, Patricia, who is an aspiring journalist living in Paris. As they saunter between the iconic Avenue des Champs-Élysées and 1960s shabby chic bedsits, the law slowly catches up with Michel. Shot with a loose hand-held camera and accompanied by an equally jazzy score, Jean-Luc Godard’s debut feature is regarded as a masterpiece of the French New Wave art film movement and has inspired countless filmmakers since.

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moderate sex references, brief nudity

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