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16,615 Ratings

Breathless

À bout de souffle

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
France, 1960
Drama

Synopsis

Petty thug Michel panics and impulsively kills a policeman while driving a stolen car. On the lam, he turns to his aspiring journalist girlfriend Patricia, hiding out in her Paris apartment. When Patricia learns that Michel is being investigated for murder, she begins to question her loyalties.

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Breathless Directed by Jean-Luc Godard

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

1960 | 2 wins including: Silver Bear for Best Director

BAFTA Awards

1962 | Nominee: Best Foreign Actress

Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists

1961 | Nominee: Best Foreign Director

Prix Jean Vigo

1960 | Winner: Feature Film

I was about fifteen or sixteen, and up until then I’d only seen commercial movies, so this really overwhelmed me and rocked my world. For the first time, my idea of what a film could be was broadened, and in my mind it took on so many different nuances.
December 03, 2018
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Each character drains the romance from the other’s point of view, making Breathless a singularly penetrating film noir that still jars after more than 50 years.
August 17, 2016
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This breaking of the fourth wall extends to the film’s final shot… The Bogie impersonation has passed from Michel to Patricia – it’s cinema as viral infection. The gun shot that ends one picture acts as the starting shot for a new era. Godard himself saw his film as the final movement in a reinvigoration of French cinema; he declared: "A certain kind of cinema has just drawn to a close, maybe ended, so let’s add the finishing touches, let’s show that anything goes.
November 27, 2015

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