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



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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 in many of their movies (for Truffaut, as his alter-ego, Antoine Doinel) and led the movement to save Henri Langlois's job at the Cinemathèque Française in '68. TWO IN THE WAVE poignantly melds revealing period footage of both men (and of Léaud, torn between father-figures) with scenes from some of their greatest films, as it moves inexorably toward their bitter falling-out. -- (C) Lorber


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All Critics (29) | Top Critics (8)

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

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

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

Full Review… | September 2, 2010
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
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.

Full Review… | May 21, 2010
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
New York Times
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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.

Walter M.
Walter M.

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so sad. thank fuck that people still know how to make a documentary. it doesn't try hard to be entertaining and interesting, yet, it's both those things and more.

Colin Leverette
Colin Leverette

A free-floating documentary that's sort of about Truffaut and Godard, but only in increasingly tangential ways. If it had been more substantially interested in their friendship and their divergence, it would have been MUCH BETTER.

Justin Remer
Justin Remer

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