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Les mistons (1957)

Five young boys in pre-puberty are collectively attracted by a beautiful, young woman, Bernadette Jouve. She awakes in them the springs of luminous sensuality. As they are too young to love... See full summary »

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François Truffaut

Writer:

Maurice Pons (short story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gérard Blain ... Gérard
Bernadette Lafont ... Bernadette Jouve
Michel François Michel François ... Récitant / Narrator (voice)
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Five young boys in pre-puberty are collectively attracted by a beautiful, young woman, Bernadette Jouve. She awakes in them the springs of luminous sensuality. As they are too young to love her, they decide to hate and torment her instead. Wherever Bernadette and her sweetheart Gerard turn up, the five boys are there, disturbing them. They also start drawing arrow-pierced hearts with the names of the two lovers everywhere, but Gerard and Bernadette hardly notice it. The boys' failures make them more aggressive. A day in August Gerard says farewell to Bernadette. He'll be away for three months. When he comes back he hopes the wedding bells will toll for them. When the five boys' vacation is near the end, they resort to a very shabby method. They buy a postcard showing two scantily-dressed lovers sprawled on a bed. On the postcard they write wanton words about Gerard and Bernadette, and undersign it The Brats, before sending it to Bernadette. Some days later they read in the newspaper ... Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

6 November 1958 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Kids See more »

Filming Locations:

Nîmes, Gard, France See more »

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Les Films du Carrosse See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This short is available on the 2003 Umbrella release of "The 400 Blows". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Récitant: [voice over narration] Jouve's sister was unbearably beautiful. She always rode wither skirts flying. Bernadette led us to discover many of our darkly hidden dreams. She awoke in us the springs of luminous sensuality.
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Truffaut's start
20 February 2000 | by arthurpewtySee all my reviews

One of the best moments in the great short comes when Truffaut pays homage to/rips off the Lumiere short L'arroseur Arrose, involving one of the "mistons" stepping on a gardener's hose, causing him to get squirted in the face. Truffaut is acknowledging the French film heritage he will have to respect and continue, and he seems to have done pretty nicely. The short was recently put on video with another wonderful short, Antoine & Colette, which continues the adventures of Antoine Doinel a few years after The 400 Blows, as he falls and fails in love. The tape/DVD is worth seeking out


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