Seemingly in constant trouble at school, 14-year-old Antoine Doinel returns at the end of every day to a drab, unhappy home life. His parents have little money and he sleeps on a couch that's been pushed into the kitchen. His parents bicker constantly and he knows his mother is having an affair. He decides to skip school and begins a downward spiral of lies and theft. His parents are at their wits' end, and after he's stopped by the police, they decide the best thing would be to let Antoine face the consequences. He's sent to a juvenile detention facility where he doesn't do much better. He does manage to escape however.
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Did You Know?
When Antoine and Rene are suspended from school, they go gallivanting around the town. At one point they pass a wall of posters and flyers, and they pull off a picture of a woman. The woman is Harriet Andersson
in a shot from Ingmar Bergman
's Summer with Monika
(1953), also about two young lovers who ran away from home to "live their own life." See more
At the end of the gravity wheel sequence, the camera pans up to look at the crowd showing the boom mic in the centre of the screen. See more
Doinel, bring me that. Indeed! Go to the corner!
Referenced in Numb3rs: Longshot
Balzac et Gymnastique
Written by Jean Constantin See more