Two In The Wave Review

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Born within the space of two years, Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard would come to revolutionise cinema. The love-hate bond between the pair is the subject of filmmaker Emmanuel Laurent's documentary.


The relationship between François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard is lacklustrely chronicled in this disappointing documentary, which lacks the visual energy and innovation that enabled these very different auteurs to launch the Nouvelle Vague in the late 1950s. The wealth of archive material is impressive, but director Emmanuel Laurent clutters proceedings with close-ups of Isild Le Besco on a journey of cultural discovery that struggles to find a consistent tone and fails to identify the traits and artistic ambitions that caused the once-inseparable friends to become adversaries. So, while this offers a basic introduction to a key moment in cinema history, it’s seriously undermined by its sweeping statements and specious assumptions.

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.