JULES AND JIM is Francois Truffauts intense beautiful enigmatic film about the lifelong friendship between two writers--French novelist Jim (Henri Serre) and Austrian childrens author Jules (Oskar Werner)--and their mutual love for the eccentric Catherine (Jeanne Moreau). With artful black-and-white imagery the story begins in 1920s Paris when Jules and Jim first meet and become friends. As young single men they gallavant about Paris chasing women or studying ancient art always animated curious and charming. When they meet the equally energetic Catherine whose impulses range from dressing up as a man to taking midnight plunges into the Seine their circle is complete. But when World War II erupts with Jules and Jim fighting on opposite sides everything changes. Jules marries Catherine before going off to battle. After the war they settle into a quiet existence in the French countryside. But Catherine is restless and unfaithful. Jim reunites with his oldest and closest friends and Catherine makes room for him in their house asking him to move in and become her lover. Jim complies as he wants nothing more than to please his friend Jules who agrees to the plan. From there the films sweeping photography and wonderfully philosophical scripting tightens as the tale becomes even more complicated. Even its darkest moments JULES AND JIM is movingly alluring as the friendship between the two men paints a meaningful portrait of human understanding and compassion. Like the similarly themed TWO ENGLISH GIRLS Truffauts film is based on a novel by Henri-Pierre Roche.
Introduction by Writer and Director Serge Toubiana, Truffaut Scene by Scene, Audio Commentary, Original Theatrical Trailer
Release Date: 25 September 2006
Certificate: TBA - To Be Announced
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic Wide Screen
Sound: Dolby Digital
Production Year: 1962
Main Language: French