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Breathless (1960) and Contempt (1963) Directed by Jean-Luc Godard For its second “Return of the Double-Feature” pairing, the Film Forum staff has perceptively joined two of Godard’s outwardly very different French New Wave classics. In Breathless, based on a story by François Truffaut, Jean-Paul Belmondo breaks out in full amoral, chain-smoking swagger as Michel, a small-time hood who kills a policeman while stealing a car and attempts to enlist Jean Seberg’s pliant but ambitious Patricia in...
Breathe Directed by Mélanie Laurent Opens September 11 The two central characters of actress Mélanie Laurent’s sophomore directorial feature, Breathe, frequently appear divided by rooms or peering at each other through windows and doors. Charlie (Joséphine Japhy, appropriately winsome) is a high school girl living with her young mother and intermittently present father. When Charlie meets a new student, Sarah (Lou De Laâge, long-haired and pouty, recalling a Gallic Jemima Kirke), she is instantly intrigued. Sarah enters...

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