Rated NR · 130 minutes · 2009

Crime drama
Everything old is New Wave again: Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless was originally released in 1960, and now it’s back, restored and refreshed but still as combustible as a shaky truckload of nitroglycerine. The iconic performances by Jean-Paul Belmondo and expatriated American actress Jean Seberg are still fascinating, but maybe a little frail in comparison to the rest of the film, which is no less unique 50 years on. Memorable for its lack of convention as much as anything else, Breathless helped introduce the French New Wave to a wider audience and gave moviegoers of the time a lot more to absorb in terms of both style and substance. Not a great film technically or in terms of the story, Breathless is nonetheless essential and more worthy of your $10 than something like Love and Other Drugs.

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Director: Yang Ik-Joon
Producer: Yang Ik-Joon
Cast: Yang Ik-Joon, Kot-bi Kim, Man-shik Jeong and Lee Hwan




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Portland Mercury (Not So) New Wave Fifty years later, Breathless still feels fresh. by Alison Hallett 08/12/2010

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