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?
The zoetrope scene included Antoine holding his head while going dizzy on a ride, a nod to Hitchcock's Vertigo (1958). See more
About after one hour of the movie, when the two boys run in the Sacre Coeur's stairs where they mock a priest, René's jacket changed. It's now longer and black. And just after when they come back to his house, he is wearing again the first jacket. See more
Doinel, bring me that. Indeed! Go to the corner!
Referenced in Austin Powers in Goldmember
Balzac et Gymnastique
Written by Jean Constantin See more