A bout de souffle [Breathless]

November 19, 2009

Breathless or A bout de souffle is another french film I’ve watched and still can’t figure myself out whether it’s just me or that all of the french films have such perfect lighting and framing. However, I have to admit that the film was a little bit confusing to watch at the beginning because of all the jump cuts that seem to occur so often. And to be honest I don’t really understand why they are there, the only reason I can possibly guess is that maybe the directer, Jean-Luc Godard, intentionally put them there to represent the life of Michel which is unexpected and also it can’t really be controlled. He starts off with the car thief then jumps to the murderer role and somehow ends up being a lover who is almost for the whole film trying to persuade the main actress (Patricia) to sleep with him and run away to Rome with him.

Anyways, to ME, it seems that in the scene where Michel and Patricia are both in the hotel together, jump cuts do not appear anymore. There is a very very long shot that contains no cut at all when Michel is talking to Patricia, the camera movement works really fine with all the tilts and pans from Michel’s face to Patricia’s face. It gives me the feeling here that Patricia is the one who gets to control Michel, and for the whole film it is just like that, Michel is the one who chases over Patricia. For Patricia, she controls everything, even the life of Michel.

The relationship of them reminds me a bit of before sunrise and before sunset. Maybe it’s just me again who feel like that. the relationship of Michel and Patricia is loose, it seems like they are in love but once you look again you don’t really know if they are in love or not. Same as the relationship of Jesse  and Celine (Before Sunrise and Before Sunset) the love of them looks more like they are having a good time together, they don’t know if things will change in the next minute or not and they don’t really care about it.


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