Breathless

Breathless ★★★★★

It’s kind of amazing that modern cinema started with a movie about a horny hunk doofus who keeps negging his ladyfriend for existential reasons. This is one of the few Godard films to invest itself in character psychology; seems worth noting that while his ‘60s experiments with genre are by and large absurdist riffs on hardboiled fantasy, the women are usually the more complex characters, i.e. the ones with internal conflicts.