(Cannes Cut, 2021 2K restoration.)
Somehow both a slow burner and a roller coaster, going from Hitchcock to De Palma to Lynch to the Coens to Shane Black to “Alex Jones explains Evangelion” in 139 minutes. Had it been a bit more emotional, erotic, and operatic (and shot on film), it would have been the most “me” movie ever made.
“Terrence Malick, who wrote, produced, directed, and spent a year editing BADLANDS, his first feature, is twenty-nine, the age that Godard was when he made BREATHLESS. But Godard liked his outlaw hero and identified with him, while Malick, in his gloss on Godard’s theme, shows no feelings. In BREATHLESS, Michel (Belmondo) and his Patricia (Jean Seberg) were affectless and disengaged – he about murder, she about betrayal – but we weren’t asked to be heartless toward them. If Michel’s view…