Francois Truffaut's greatest achievement, JULES AND JIM is a shrine to lovers who have known obsession and been destroyed by it.
The film begins in Paris in 1912 when two writers--Jules (Oskar Werner), a shy German, and Jim (Henri Serre), a dark-haired Parisian--become obsessed with an ancient stone carving of a woman. Their life changes when they meet Catherine (Jeanne Moreau), the personification of the stone goddess,
whose smile enchants both men. Jules begins to court her, but only with Jim's blessing.
The three become great friends, though Catherine's unpredictability flares whenever she feels she is being ignored. (At one point, she jumps into the Sein...