A small-time thief steals a car and impulsively murders a motorcycle policeman. Wanted by the authorities, he reunites with a hip American journalism student and attempts to persuade her to run away with him to Italy.
- " With the appearance of Breathless, we have a film that is new, aesthetically and morally." – Stanley Kauffmann (The New Republic)
- " Even 50 years later, it's easy feel how vivid a game-changer Breathless must have been when it arrived. " – Lisa Kennedy (Denver Post)
- " Godard is, in a sense, flaunting how he can make a film so vibrant, out of raw materials so flighty, so airy (the ‘Breathless’ of the title) " – PJ Nabarro (Patrick Nabarro)