Two in the Wave
France, 2010, 91 minutes, SD
Two in the Wave Synopsis

Two in the Wave is the story of a friendship and of a break-up. Jean-Luc Godard was born in 1930; Francois Truffaut two years later. Love of movies brings them together. They write in the same magazines, Cahiers du Cinema and Arts. When the younger of the two becomes a filmmaker with Les 400 coups (The 400 Blows), which triumphs in Cannes in 1959, he helps his older friend shift to directing, offering him a screenplay which already has a title, A bout de souffle (Breathless). Through the 1960s the two loyally support each other. History and politics separate them in 1968 and afterwards - when Godard plunges into radical politics but Truffaut continues his career as before. Between the two of them, the actor Jean-Pierre Léaud is torn like a child caught between two separated and warring parents. Their friendship and their break-up embody the story of French cinema.


Exploring the letters, personal archives and films of the two New Wave directors, Two in the Wave takes us back to a prodigious decade that transformed the world of cinema.

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Reviewed by jeteli
An enlightening documentary and a tour through time! Two in the Wave is about the friendship, works and the rivalry between Godard and Truffaut, two filmmakers making waves as the... more
An enlightening documentary and a tour through time! Two in the Wave is about the friendship, works and the rivalry between Godard and Truffaut, two filmmakers making waves as the "prophets" of new wave cinema in the '60s.  The way the documentary was presented is very creative, a young woman (Isild le Besco, a French actress) is seen flipping through news clippings, photos and scrapbooks; a cinematic device to bridge the bygone era with the young generation. Very rich in facts and trivia,  you should check this out if you fancy French new wave films. 
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Reviewed by nikkareyes
This film should be one of the must-see films of film enthusiasts and those with a deep interest for French cinema. Aimed more at informing rather than entertaining,  it tackles... more
This film should be one of the must-see films of film enthusiasts and those with a deep interest for French cinema. Aimed more at informing rather than entertaining,  it tackles French new wave cinema movement and the unlikely friendship of two cinema greats, Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut. There were just times that viewers tend to find the documentary as monotonous and dragging as it contained mostly clips and narrations. Had there been interviews there would have been spice and variety.  Nonetheless, this is a very informative piece of work that takes  viewers on a peek of the works and rise to fame of these film connoisseurs. 
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