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A Story of Water

A Story of Water

A Short film by Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut

Produced by Films de la Pléiade

Production year : 1958

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The story of a woman's trip to Paris, which is surrounded by a large flooded area.


Truffaut/Godard Together

With the wham, pop, bam of a smoking hot Jazz soundtrack echoing through the French countryside (one of many odd contradictory elements), Godard himself narrates the loosely constructed story of a young woman attempting to make her way from her home in the country to Paris, amid a massive flood.

The Girl (Caroline Dim) hops, skips, jumps myriad obstacles to reach her destination; along the way pointing out notable personal landmarks, like the swimming pool where she learned the backstroke, and the homes of relatives and friends; all the while digressing into rhapsodic monologues about life, love, and art.

Once on stable ground, by way of a makeshift bridge, a bicycle and a leaky boat, The Girl hitches a ride with The Young Man (Jean-Claude Brialy). The Young Man predictably begins to flirt with his new passenger, while she carries on with her musings about art, literature, and philosophy; self-consciously referencing the Italian poet Petrarch, master in the Art of Digression.

After driving around in search of a way out of the village, The Young Man's car stalls in a muddy hole in the road; providing for a brief romantic interlude. The young couple find a dry patch of land to lay together and talk, and romance, to little avail; they digress. And before you know it, wham, pop, pow, back on the road; arriving in Paris just in time to see the water rising up to the base of the Eiffel Tower; embracing The Young Man, The Girl says, "This is happiness".

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Producer :

Pierre Braunberger

Director of Photography :

Michel Latouche

Production Manager :

Roger Fleytoux

Narrator :

Jean-Luc Godard

Screenwriters :

Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut

Sound Recordist :

Jacques Maumont

Editor :

Jean-Luc Godard

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Short film

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100% French (France)

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12 min

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