Super Rare 35mm Screening
Je t’aime moi non plus
Upon its release in England, it only played in a Soho porno theater; meanwhile, François Truffaut — one of the film’s few defenders back in ‘76 — announced “Don’t bother going to see my film, see Gainsbourg’s. That is a work of art.” Starring his wife Jane Birkin and Warhol superstar Joe Dallesandro, Serge Gainsbourg’s directorial debut concept piece on the nature of love and sex goes far beyond the irony of its song-inspired title “Je t’aime…moi non plus” (it’s a call-and-response; Woman: “I love you”, Man: “Me neither.”) Whereas the original Gainsbourg-Birkin song is full of breathy, orgasmic wordplay, Je t’aime… the film is breathtakingly wordless at times, as Birkin’s boyish, sexually desperate snack bar owner and Dallesandro’s brutish gay garbage truck driver(!) navigate one of the most rocky and blackly humorous relationships in all of French cinema. It’s intellectually explicit, beautifully offensive, full of summer, trash and ass — an absolute must-see.
Dir. Serge Gainsbourg, 1976, 35mm, 89 min.