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Jules Et Jim Review


Excellent
François Truffaut's romantic classic is a refreshing look at life, love, war, loss, regret... sheesh, what doesn't this movie explore, all under the guise of telling the story of a romanticly entwined threesome before and after World War I.

Jules (Oskar Werner) is Austrian and Jim (Henri Serre) is French. They're best friends, and after their favorite gal, Catherine (Jeanne Moreau), experiences flirtations with both men, she ends up married to Jules. The War comes and goes (they fight on opposite sides), and Jules and Jim rekindle their friendship. Visiting their rural home, though, Jim finds Jules and Catherine's marriage far from idyllic. Before long, Jules is begging Jim to take her -- anything to ensure her happiness.

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The Story Of Adele H. Review


Good
Adele H. is Adele Hugo, daughter of Victor, the famed French writer. Her story -- and yeah, that's a pretty explanatory title -- is that she moved to Canada, fell in love with a British soldier who didn't love her back, and went crazy as she wrote a diary about this in her own secret language. A 20-year-old Isabelle Adjani makes for a comely and appropriately unhinged leading lady, but there is curiously little material here for her -- or anyone -- to work with. Shot in the dead center of director François Truffaut's career, this is a frivilous curiosity for Truffaut and Hugo scholars... but little more. That it's a true story is utterly beside the point -- there's not enough "story" for us to care. But here's what I don't get though: If Adele wrote her crazy diary in a made-up language, how did anyone manage to translate it into a movie?

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