Thursday, 10 November 2011

Thursday's Inspiration: Michel et Patricia

Today's inspiration comes from the 1960 film A Bout de Souffle (Breathless) by Jean- Luc Goddard. Without giving too much away (besides posting the final scene) the plot can be summarised thus:

Love! Betrayal! Crime! Cigarettes! Paris!

Patricia's otherness comes from her foreignness, both in France and the criminal underworld she finds herself involved in. This clip shows how a wall of verbal misunderstanding heightens her otherness, and her communication with Michel is reduced to gesticulation. Maybe you can write about an experience living in another country, the feeling of never being able to express yourself completely in a second language, or if life has taken you that way life in a criminal underworld in which you grass up a French man.
Various translations of the ending can be found here.

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