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A bout de souffle


Review score: * * * * *

cast: Jean Seberg, Jean-Paul Belmondo

year: 1960

colour: no

certificate: -12

director: Jean-Luc Godard

runtime: 87

Godard’s feature debut is an iconic example of the French New Wave, one of the most stylish and influential movements in film history. Cigarettes, hats, sunglasses and determined unconformity make Michel Poiccard (Belmondo) a true cinematic icon. Playing against the stunning Jean Seberg he smokes his way through a series of sexy gallic exchanges in the ultra cool Paris of the 1960's. “‘Nouvelle vague’, preoccupied with tough guys, and the beauty and treachery of women, French, sexy, cool as hell.”


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