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Two in the Wave (Deux de la Vague) (2010)



Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 3

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The French New Wave crashed onto international shores when François Truffaut's debut feature, THE 400 BLOWS, premiered at Cannes in 1959, followed quickly by Jean-Luc Godard's equally thrilling BREATHLESS, based on a Truffaut story. The two filmmaking rebels, great friends and fellow graduates of the Cahiers du Cinema, for which both wrote extensively, hailed from different sides of the tracks: Truffaut, a poor reform school boy, and Godard, a Swiss haute-bourgeois. Both cast Jean-Pierre Léaud

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Makes you want to spend all day doing nothing but hop from cinema to cinema.

February 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A must-see for all those who love the New Wave.

January 20, 2011 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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The movie becomes a wonder of archival randomness.

September 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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The lack of key interviews gradually becomes a problem (Truffaut died in 1984) and the final stretch becomes curiously shapeless.

August 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Laurent glosses over the contributions of other New Wavers, such as Eric Rohmer, Claude Chabrol and Agnes Varda. Laurent's biggest mistake is inserting Isild Le Besco, a wonderful contemporary actress, into Two in the Wave.

May 21, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Wisely resists the temptation to invite them to share memories of youth. Rather, it gathers newspaper clippings, newsreel footage and movie clips to assemble a present-tense essay that is both time capsule and collage.

May 20, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times
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... a loving tribute to the two artists whose names will forever be associated with the Nouvelle Vague and the friendship that bonded them for so many years.

March 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Turner Classic Movies Online
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It's a dramatic story, somewhat over-simplified, but accompanied by riveting archive material.

February 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian

The early shots of young Léaud's open, beaming face are desperately sad.

February 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian

Two in the Wave lacks those very qualities for which it applauds Truffaut and Godard: poetry, ideas and feistiness.

February 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

A documentary that contains some exceptional clips and archive footage, but lacks consistency of focus and tone.

February 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Laurent probes the pair's stylistic and political differences and their friendship's collapse by letter exchange...

February 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Laurent's brushstrokes always feel a little too broad to capture the finer details of the legendary New Wavers, but some fascinating archive footage saves his documentary from missing the mark altogether.

February 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

I love all this stuff, and it's really interesting to hear it all told again in a new way, and one thing that Laurent does well is that he refuses to side with either Godard or Truffaut in their feud.

January 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Regardless of its lapses, [it] is a reminder that at one time cinéastes could put together a formidable street demonstration...

September 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

...a cinema buff's dream that, while flawed, not only boasts some great content but the unusual idea of 'starring' Isild Le Besco, a budding director herself, as a cinema student who 'guides' us through the material.

June 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Though thoroughly average as a movie, Emmanuel Laurent's Two in the Wave is absolutely must-see cinema for film buffs and cultural historians.

June 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Film and Felt
Film and Felt

A fascinating and informative, must-see documentary for any serious cinephile

May 23, 2010 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

By taking a convoluted approach to a compelling topic, novelist/documentarian Emmanuel Laurent and screenwriter/film critic Antoine de Baecque do an unfortunate disservice to the dual legacies of both Franois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard.

May 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

A tribute that also serves as an introduction ... For those of us already in the know, the film plays like a passionate return to a great conversation.

May 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Bright Lights Film Journal
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Audience Reviews for Two in the Wave (Deux de la Vague)

The best parts of the otherwise forgettable documentary "Two in the Wave" are the older footage and interviews with Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut, in trying to explore their influences and films, as they encouraged each other and occasionally worked together in the 1960's. Sadly, there is little new material of interest here for us students of film and almost no current interviews.(Admittedly, I had never heard of "Les Carabiniers" before this.) And as easy as Isild Le Besco is on the eyes, I'm not that sure what she is supposed to be doing here.

To be honest, I don't think I would recommend this documentary to the uninitiated, either, as it takes a simplistic view towards the friendship between Godard and Truffaut and their films. For example, Truffaut who is depicted as being totally apolitical did make an adaptation of "Fahrenheit 451."(I read the book but never saw the movie.) By comparison, Godard was off the deep end politically early on with "Le Petit Soldat" which marks the first appearance of the Little Red Book in his films. Well, he did say that he wanted to alienate his audience...but he probably did not need radical politics to do so, and that might not be the only reason for the split with his former collaborator.
April 27, 2012
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A empty documentary that is all over the place. The subject matter is great and it should write itself, but it just gives you snippets of information and rushes through everything. It's about Truffaut and Godard's relationship from the start of the New Wave until Truffauts death, and the whole Doc is boring. I read a article a couple of years ago in The New Yorker about the same subject matter, and it was leaps and bounds superior. My love for that article is probably what soiled me on this empty film. It may be interesting if you knew nothing about these two, but I doubt it.
June 7, 2010

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