400 Blows

400 Blows

A young Parisian boy, Antoine Doinel, ignored by his parents, plays truant, sneaks into cinemas, runs away from home, steals, and tries (disastrously) to give them back. Like most children, he gets into more trouble for things he believes are right than when he misbehaves. Unlike most kids, he gets beaten. The Paris he inhabits is one of worn down flats, seedy arcades, derelict factories, and workaday streets, a city that seems enormous and full of potential to a child's eye. 4.8 out of 5 based on 8 reviews
400 Blows

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Certificate PG
Genre Drama, Foreign
Director François Truffaut
Cast Albert Rémy, Claire Maurier Jean-Pierre Léaud
Studio Les Films du Carrosse
Release Date
Running Time 99 minutes
 

A young Parisian boy, Antoine Doinel, ignored by his parents, plays truant, sneaks into cinemas, runs away from home, steals, and tries (disastrously) to give them back. Like most children, he gets into more trouble for things he believes are right than when he misbehaves. Unlike most kids, he gets beaten. The Paris he inhabits is one of worn down flats, seedy arcades, derelict factories, and workaday streets, a city that seems enormous and full of potential to a child's eye.

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Reviews

Channel 4 Film

Jon Fortgang

Funny, moving, honest and sad, this is a highly effective portrayal of the anguish and restless energy of adolescence by a director about to change the way the world thought about cinema.

23/04/2009

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The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

The film looks superb and Antoine's heartbreakingly open face is like Truffaut's monochrome Paris: beautiful, tough, innocent and yet worldly.

10/04/2009

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The Independent

Anthony Quinn

It's a cornerstone of the French New Wave, and one of the greatest movies about childhood, from anywhere, ever.

10/04/2009

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The Observer

Philip Frenh

It exudes exuberance, has one of the great juvenile performances, one of the greatest ever final shots, and is a movie that like exercise and wine should be taken regularly.

12/04/2009

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The Daily Telegraph

Sukhdev Sandhu

What is there to say about The 400 Blows that hasn't already been said? ... a defining work of the Nouvelle Vague upon its release in 1959.

09/04/2009

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The Times

Wendy Ide

Distinguished by its naturalistic, quasi-documentary approach and an extraordinary central performance from the 12-year-old Jean-Pierre Léaud, this is a blisteringly authentic story of a misunderstood child’s rebellion against indifferent parents and oppressive school.

08/04/2009

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Time Out

Nina Caplan

The beauty of monochrome ’50s Paris helps, but the magic is in observing the thrill even a maltreated child will snatch from a book, a film or a day truanting at a funfair, through the gaze of a former critic whose elation at getting his hands on a camera burbles through every shot.

09/04/2009

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The Sunday Times

Peter Whittle

Reissued on its 50th anniversary, it provides modern audiences with what we might call a low-key viewing experience, although one can still see how its style de kitchen sink — all documentary realism and spontaneity — must have seemed revolutionary at the time.

12/04/2009

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