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Two in the Wave (Deux de la Vague) Reviews

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Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

... 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.

Full Review Source: Turner Classic Movies Online

March 25, 2011
Philip French

It's a dramatic story, somewhat over-simplified, but accompanied by riveting archive material.

Full Review Source: Guardian

February 14, 2011
Peter Bradshaw

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

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 3/5

February 10, 2011
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph

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

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 2/5

February 10, 2011
David Parkinson
Radio Times

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

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 3/5

February 10, 2011
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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Makes you want to spend all day doing nothing but hop from cinema to cinema.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

February 9, 2011
Carmen Gray
Total Film

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

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

February 7, 2011
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

February 7, 2011
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3/4

January 21, 2011
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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A must-see for all those who love the New Wave.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

January 20, 2011
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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The movie becomes a wonder of archival randomness.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

September 2, 2010
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix

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

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 2/4

September 2, 2010
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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The lack of key interviews gradually becomes a problem (Truffaut died in 1984) and the final stretch becomes curiously shapeless.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 19, 2010
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

...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.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B

June 28, 2010
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

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

Full Review Source: Film and Felt | Original Score: 65/100

June 7, 2010
Kam Williams

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

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze | Original Score: 4/4

May 23, 2010
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 21, 2010
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

May 21, 2010
Matthew Sorrento
Bright Lights Film Journal

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.

Full Review Source: Bright Lights Film Journal | Original Score: 7/10

May 20, 2010
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

May 20, 2010
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