Breathless, Jim McBride's 1983 remake of Au Bout de Souffle rewrites Godard's existential hipster as a vain, style-obsessed hood and in the process loses some of the point. Godard's hero was a translation and productive misunderstanding of a quintessentially American sort of delinquent; because it is a retranslation, Gere's intelligent, nervy performance as Jesse Lujack suffers by comparison, however admirable it is taken in itself. McBride's direction strokes Gere's face and body lovingly--his every foxy smile, or glance at himself in a mirror, is played for passionate significance. This is also a good-looking film: the back alleys of LA and sunset over the Mojave desert have rarely looked as good. Valerie Kaprisky's Monica is inevitably given secondary importance; the decision to make the woman who goes along with Jesse's wild final ride on a whim an exchange student makes her at once more and less like her equivalent in the Godard--she has a touching exoticism that is at the same time somehow beside the point.
Region: 2 - Europe (PAL), Japan (NTSC), South Africa, Middle East
Duration: 96 minutes
Cast: Richard Gere, Valerie Kaprisky, Art Metrano, William Tepper, John P. Ryan, Lisa Jane Persky, Garry Goodrow, Robert Dunn & James Hong
Languages: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish
Subtitles: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Danish