Existentialist Sensitivity against a Life of Obsessions, Seductions, Career Rivalries

It’s suggested from the one side that Jean-Paul is a rare and a tremendous person as an actor, and from another side that he is poisoned by bravado and idealism. It is this which leads to sometimes pop-structure solutions to his films which he can be redeemed by being criticized.

The point of a revolutionary dream for the heroes of “Breathless” Michel Poiccard (Jean Belmondo) and Patricia (Jean Seberg) becomes the very genuine depth of their love. In philistine couples, on the other hand, the content of their dream is determined by the “tautological, flat and vulgar content of their love”. A genuine revolutionary dream (for example, a humanistically democratic dream) is very difficult to approach and to nurture it – will be always “not of this world”.

With Michel she couldn’t resist putting him through the ordeal of having to prove his love. Of course, he passed the ordeal only too well. His death at the hands of the police became the proof Patricia is left with – the proof of his love at the price of his life.


Michel’s critical posture toward the society Michel’s mimic formula of people’s conformism


Michel’s last communication – his mimic critical formula of people’s (Patricia’s) conformism – greed to consume fun provided by society in exchange for obedience, polite and happy smiles trying to persuade those who like a smiling person loyal to everyday life, and serious in making career and success to please the decision-makers and their bodyguards.


Jean-Paul Belmondo 1933-2021


Jean-Paul Belmondo