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.
The Best Directed Picture Cannes International Film Festival 1959
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Did You Know?
The poem written on the board is 'Épitaphe Pour Un Lièvre' by Jean Richepin
. It is an Alexandrine poem i.e. comprised of lines of twelve syllables, typical of modern French poetry. See more
When Antoine and René go to the cinema René wears a black coat, but in one shot he is wearing just a jacket. See more
Doinel, bring me that. Indeed! Go to the corner!
Referenced in Me Myself and I
Les quatre cents coup
Composed by Jean Constantin See more