Opening Night in Sydney at Palace Norton Street, in Perth at WA Maritime Museum and in Melbourne at The Astor Theatre.
Then film critic François Truffaut was only 25 years old when he stumbled upon Henri-Pierre Roché’s 1953 semi-autobiographical novel Jules et Jim. Released in 1962, the film marks Truffaut and Jeanne Moreau’s first of two collaborations, and Moreau’s biggest international success.
In Montparnasse, Paris, during the early 1900’s, Jules, a shy, serious German, and Jim, an easy-going Frenchman, form a solid friendship and share a common interest for arts, sports, and women. Catherine (Jeanne Moreau), a capricious and whimsical young woman begins a relationship with Jules, although both men seem to be affected by her presence and her attitude toward life. A few days before the war is declared, Jules and Catherine move to Austria to get married. Once on the battlefield, the two friends, fighting on opposite sides, live in constant fear of shooting each other. Their friendship takes a turning point when, after the armistice and upon his visit to Germany, Jim discovers that Catherine has been having affairs with other men…
According to The Guardian, the film is regarded as the audacious apotheosis of the French New Wave. It won the 1962 Grand Prix, the Étoile de Cristal, and Jeanne Moreau won that year’s prize for best actress. The film was also ranked 46 in Empire magazine’s “The 100 Best Films Of World Cinema” in 2010.
In French with English subtitles