Saturday, December 22, 2007

Stolen Kisses (François Truffaut, 1968)

***½
France



François Truffaut picks up his picaresque tale of Antoine Doinel nearly ten years after The 400 Blows (with the sweet but dispensable Antoine et Colette (1962) having popped up in between). Still played by Jean-Pierre Léaud, 20-year-old Antoine is discharged from the army and takes on quirky professions in between unorthodox romances with his boss' wife (the ever-exquisite Delphine Seyrig) and a pretty music student. It's all very warm, cheeky and borderline inconsequential, though there's something unwieldy and transfixing about Léaud's face.

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