Charlotte et son jules | Charlotte and Her Boyfriend [short] [1960]

Charlotte et son jules-0015/10 | 28.Apr.13
Charlotte et son jules | Charlotte and Her Boyfriend

DIRECTOR: Jean-Luc Godard | WRITER: Jean-Luc Godard | CAST: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Anne Collette, Gérard Blain, Jean-Luc Godard (voice) | France

Charlotte_et_son_jules_01A throwaway piece of Godardian whimsy in homage to Jean Cocteau (it’s a riff on Cocteau’s one-act play Le bel indifférent). Charlotte (Anne Collette) returns to her ex-boyfriend’s apartment. Her ex-boyfriend, Jean (Jean-Paul Belmondo), starts in on an endless whiny monologue in which he details her faults, claims he knew she’d come back to him, says he won’t take her back, while Charlotte eats an ice cream cone and makes funny faces and the new boyfriend (Gérard Blain) waits downstairs in the car with the motor running. Belmondo is very, very young but has all his mannerisms in place already, although it’s Godard’s voice we hear speaking his lines. I found Anne Collette coy and annoying, and the punchline of the piece was obvious from the moment she entered the apartment. Charlotte et son jules is interesting to me only in that it’s a foretaste of what was to come, particularly in the soundtrack with its jaunty music played in herky-jerky snippets. (Note to people who don’t know French and complain about the English translation of the title: “jules” is slang for “boyfriend”. Belmondo’s character in this flick is named Jean.)

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