SCREENING FROM A 4K RESTORATION....THE FRENCH NEW WAVE MILESTONE!
“ François Truffaut's semi-autobiographical 1959 debut is one of the French new wave's most accessible and best-loved films” The Guardian ★★★★★
One of the greatest films about childhood, Truffaut’s partly autobiographical first feature is also profoundly moving. Forever in trouble at school – when he’s not playing truant – 13-year-old Antoine Doinel finds life no easier at home; besides demanding he help with housework and shopping, his parents frequently bicker with one another. Eventually there’s a tipping point... Eliciting a memorably affecting and naturalistic performance from the young Jean-Pierre Léaud, and achieving a documentary-like authenticity by shooting in far-from-glamorous Paris locations, Truffaut leavens Antoine’s faltering progress through a painful pubescence with moments of irreverent humour and exhilarating energy. Never sentimental, it’s nonetheless a heartbreakingly plausible portrait of adolescent individuality under threat from adult conformism.
This January sees Riverside celebrate some of the best of the French "Nouvelle Vague"- the New Wave films whose influence is felt on filmmaking to this day!
Contains mild language, violence, sex references and smoking scenes
Renaud Fontanarosa, Michel Girard, Richard Kanayan
Year of release
Sunday, 23 January 2022
Wednesday, 26 January 2022
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