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?
All the young actors who unsuccessfully auditioned for the role of Antoine were used in the classroom scenes. See more
While talking with his mother after his bath, the position of Antoine's hand that holds his head changes. See more
Doinel, bring me that. Indeed! Go to the corner!
Referenced in Cookie Jar
Composed by Jean Constantin See more