Jules and Jim, a Francois Truffaut picture, is an interesting blend of a smoothie. It deals with a Three’s Company-like trio of two men and a woman as they go about life in greater Europe before, during, and after the Great War, though the war itself has little to do with the overall plot, so don’t go in thinking this is a war picture. This is more of a free-spirited romp through a meadow, a film that wants to have fun more than actually being a film; don’t think that’s a bad thing, though, it makes for eclectic viewing.
The film is alternately very rapid-fire and very mellow, more considerably when the time for action comes along. The film seems more in love with telling its story than actually telling its story; more in love with the process than the actual execution. Truffaut was an obvious lover of movie-making, as emphasized by his later work Day for Night, and his love for the process comes through on every frame of this one. Style galore, an adventurous spirit with the camera, and an even more creative flair with the blocking of the frame and editing of the finished product; all scream passion and an ever-present glee with the artistry of filmmaking, and this makes the film more watchable than anything else.
The plot ultimately isn’t what’s important with this one, though there’s enough that happens to keep the film and the viewers moving forward. It’s ultimately about the experience of the film itself; the journey, not the destination, and this film epitomizes that concept better than almost any film I’ve seen so far. If you want to treat yourself to an uncommon experience and don’t mind anything I’ve mentioned so far, definitely give this one a go.
Arbitrary Rating: 7/10