This movie was recommended to me as an example of new wave film through my university film studies course. As stated on the back of the case, Godard tests the theory that all you need is a girl and gun for a good story. Whilst true for many films, compared to today's standards, the narrative starts rapidly then slows pace becoming so slow that it is a struggle to keep your attention – especially since you have to read subtitles! The translation of the French dialogue seems to be strange at times, and at the end of the film (I won't reveal it) the translation is confusing as he blames.
But do not let that put you off. Its redemption is in the cinematography – the film is recorded entirely on a handheld camera and had a budget of less than $50,000! Just as people line up for the Tarantino films, so did people back in the sixties for Godard. The techniques he used in his film were revolutionary at the time (jump cuts and ragged style) and the scenic settings in Paris are fantastic.
I would recommend it to any film student or someone who just loves movies, even though you need to watch it with an open mind to the fact it is nearly 50 years old!