Jules et Jim

Christine Haroutounian


49 years ago today, François Truffaut released Jules et Jim in France. Beginning with the famous lines, “You said, ‘I love you,’ I said, ‘Wait.’ I was going to say, ‘Take me,’ you said, ‘Go away,'” this new-wave masterpiece is a mesmerizing tale of two men and a woman who begin as friends and later fall in love with each other before the breakout of WWI. It is a beautiful elegy about time, with its exploration of the evolutionary maturity of relationships and the revolutionary politics taking hold of a world in flux.