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The 400 Blows (1959) Poster

(1959)

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Antoine Doinel: I need some money for lunch, dad. Only 1,000 francs.

Julien Doinel: Therefore you hope for 500. Therefore you need 300. Here's 100.

Psychiatrist: Your parents say you're always lying.

Antoine Doinel: Oh, I lie now and then, I suppose. Sometimes I'd tell them the truth and they still wouldn't believe me, so I prefer to lie.

English Teacher: Last and simple question. Where is the father?

Rene: Ze fazer...

English Teacher: No. The father.

Rene: Ze fazer.

English Teacher: No, the tip of the tongue between the teeth. As if you had a lisp. Father.

Rene: Fazer.

English Teacher: No.

Rene: But I can't, sir. Not everybody has a tongue like yours.

Juvenile Delinquent: Every time I cried, my father would imitate me on his fiddle, just to drive me nuts. One day I got fed up and I knocked him out.

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Judge: I think we should place your child under observation in a special home.

Gilberte Doinel: Could it be by the sea, Your Honor?

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Juvenile Delinquent: I'm an unstable psychotic individual with perverted tendencies.

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Gilberte Doinel: I'm not in the mood.

Julien Doinel: Too bad, I am.

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Gilberte Doinel: The best thing is to eat out until the end of the month.

Julien Doinel: For that, I need a clean shirt.

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Petite Feuille: Doinel, if your paper is first today, it's because I've decided to give the results beginning with the worst.

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Juvenile Delinquent: [to Antoine about another boy in the reformatory] He escaped a week ago, but they got him. Around here to escape is bad enough, but getting caught is worse.

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[first lines]

Petite Feuille: Doinel, bring me that. Indeed! Go to the corner!

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Gilberte Doinel: Antoine! He saw me!

The Lover: Which one's he?

Gilberte Doinel: With dark hair. But he should be in school!

Rene: You'll get it!

Antoine Doinel: She won't dare tell Dad.

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Gilberte Doinel: He's a liar!

Julien Doinel: Like you!

Gilberte Doinel: If you raised him right...

Julien Doinel: Shit! I gave him a name! I feed him!

Gilberte Doinel: I'm sick of your complaints! Fed up! If you can't stand him, say so. We'll put him in an orphanage so I can have some peace!

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Julien Doinel: You don't seem surprised.

Gilberte Doinel: Why should I be? He's capable of anything.

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Antoine Doinel: Sir, it's my mother.

Petite Feuille: What about her?

Antoine Doinel: She's just died.

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Antoine Doinel: [to Rene] After this I can't live with my parents anymore. I've got to disappear.

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Gilberte Doinel: My boss drove me home.

Julien Doinel: Your boss.

Gilberte Doinel: I couldn't very well refuse, could I?

Julien Doinel: I hope you get overtime for that.

Gilberte Doinel: I will, at the end of the month.

Julien Doinel: Those services are usually paid in cash.

Gilberte Doinel: Oh, knock it off!

Julien Doinel: No wonder madame needs to rest on Sunday. By the way, where's my Michelin guide?

Gilberte Doinel: How should I know? Ask the boy.

Julien Doinel: He said he didn't touch it.

Gilberte Doinel: He lies through his teeth.

Julien Doinel: Like someone else I know.

Gilberte Doinel: If you raised him better...

Julien Doinel: I gave him my name, damn it! I put food on the table!

Gilberte Doinel: I've had enough of your criticism! Fine! We'll send him to the Jesuits or the army orphans. At least I'd have some peace and quiet!

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Julien Doinel: I have no socks left around these holes.

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Prostitute #1: I saw a police station in a movie. It was cleaner.

Prostitute #2: I once saw a dirtier one.

Prostitute #3: And I, a more cheerful one.

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Juvenile Delinquent: If she drops her pen, pick it up, but don't look at her legs. Or else it will be on your record.

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Rene: Bonjour, Madam!

Man in Street: Little devil!

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Petite Feuille: Your quest of the absolute led you straight to a zero. For you who don't know Balzac, it concerns "A Shady Business".

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Julien Doinel: Women are always taken advantage of at the office, and they don't know what to do about it.

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Petite Feuille: Now, Doinel, go get some water and erase those insanities, or I'll make you lick the wall, my friend.

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[last lines]

Gilberte Doinel: Your father says he doesn't care what happens to you. You can go to a trade school. You wanted a job? You'll see how much fun a foundry can be!

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