Godard, who once said, all you need for a movie is a gun and a girl, is one of the most influential film makers of the 20th century, and introduced many techniques that have since become standard fare, jump cuts, hand held camera work, unusual camera angles, and improvised dialogue. Asked by a fellow film maker if he would at least admit that a film should have a beginning, middle, and end, Godard replied, yes, but not necessarily in that order. Godard's influence can be seen in the world of many other directors, including Robert Altman, Martin Scorses, Wim Wenders, and Quentine Tarantino.
A small time crook, Michel Poiccard, chased by the police after stealing a car, shoots one of them and flees. back in Paris he finds an American girlfriend and succeeds in seducing her again. He convinces her to go to Italy with him. But the police have discovered the murderer's and are on his trail.
This is a classic film, a landmark of cinema (in any language, from any place) back in the early days when Jean-Luc Godard actually made films, rather than anti-films. Shot with carefree abandon on the streets of Paris with handheld cameras, with the intention of just sticking the actors in front of whatever was going on at the time. The film feels spontaneous and fresh and is MILES ahead of the awful Richard Gere remake. Absolutely essential.