Two in the Wave (Deux de la Vague)
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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… More

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"Makes you want to spend all day doing nothing but hop from cinema to cinema."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"The lack of key interviews gradually becomes a problem (Truffaut died in 1984) and the final stretch becomes curiously shapeless."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"... 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."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"Two in the Wave lacks those very qualities for which it applauds Truffaut and Godard: poetry, ideas and feistiness."
‑ Sukhdev Sandhu, Daily Telegraph
"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."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"A must-see for all those who love the New Wave."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"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."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"It's a dramatic story, somewhat over-simplified, but accompanied by riveting archive material."
‑ Philip French, Guardian
"A documentary that contains some exceptional clips and archive footage, but lacks consistency of focus and tone."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"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."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The movie becomes a wonder of archival randomness."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"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."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"The early shots of young Léaud's open, beaming face are desperately sad."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Laurent probes the pair's stylistic and political differences and their friendship's collapse by letter exchange..."
‑ Carmen Gray, Total Film
"Regardless of its lapses, [it] is a reminder that at one time cinéastes could put together a formidable street demonstration..."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
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