Une histoire d’eau [short] [1961]

Une histoire d'eau-0023/10 | 17.Jun.13
Une histoire d’eau

DIRECTORS: François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard | WRITERS: François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard | CAST: Caroline Dim, Jean-Claude Brialy, Jean-Luc Godard (voice) | France

A coy boy-and-girl-meet-cute story is told through silent footage of Caroline Dim and Jean-Claude Brialy mugging for the camera in a manner reminiscent of manic vacationers in super-8 home movies of the period intercut with documentary-style footage of widespread flooding in the countryside around Paris. The soundtrack is characteristic of the nouvelle vague: herky-jerky cuts between contrasting musical snippits with voice-over narration supplied by Caroline Dim and Jean-Luc Godard. I assume we’re supposed to be charmed by the juxtaposition of whimsy and seriousness, but Dim’s simpering girly-girl giggliness and Godard’s deadpan monotone were almost more than I could stomach. Self-conscious forced whimsy of the worst kind.

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