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All the Boys Are Called Patrick

A film by Jean-Luc Godard
Written by Éric Rohmer

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In ALL THE BOYS ARE CALLED PATRICK, Charlotte (Anne Colette) and Véronique (Nicole Berger) are roommates who share a tiny flat with a single bed. Charlotte’s taste in books ranges from Hegel to The Fate of the Immodest Blonde, while Véronique is a law student who keeps up with current events. Over the course of an afternoon, both are separately accosted by a pick-up artist named Patrick, who manages to fast-talk them into dates — until a poorly timed kiss torpedoes his plans. Written by Éric Rohmer and directed by Jean-Luc Godard, the film is full of fun visuals, including a newspaper whose front-page headline is the Truffaut line, “French Cinema Is Dying Under False Legends.”

All Boys Are Called Patrick is the most accomplished form of the critic-filmmaker short film: the characters are filmed freely and Rohmer's rhymes add the hint of mechanics necessary for comedy.” —Marc Cerisuelo, JEAN-LUC GODARD

London Film Festival 1964

20 minutes / B&W
French / English subtitles
Release: 1958
Copyright: 1957

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Subject areas:
France, New Wave

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