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Jules et Jim (12A)
In 1912, Frenchman Jim and the Austrian Jules become firm friends, happily sharing their enjoyment of Paris, art, literature and women, even when their adoration of the divine but sometimes demanding Catherine looks set to test their relationship. Then comes war. Accordingly, energetic pre-war passions yield to a deeper awareness of responsibilities and needs: life, Truffaut reminds us, is seldom simple, happiness never absolute. Truffaut’s classic account of a ménage-à-trois is a bittersweet ode to romantic idealism, sparklingly re-released by the British Film Institute.