This is a jolly coming-of-age story about a 14-year-old boy named Laurent Chevalier who is growing up in bourgeois surroundings in Dijon, France. This is France in the mid-1950s rather than America in the 1990s. Thus, Laurent is unharmed by events which would irreparably shatter the self-esteem of a modern American adolescent: he gets drunk, he smokes, he has sex, he is smothered by his mother, he is ignored by his father, a priest makes a pass at him, he gets rheumatoid fever, etc. There's enough scandalous behavior in this film to make 100 made-for-TV movies, and yet this is a very happy and oddly innocent tale.
Tim Horrigan <email@example.com>
A souffle of a movie!
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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #328. See more
After leaving Daphne, Laurent's belt changes three times. See more
Do you enjoy hotels?
I haven't stayed in them enough.
I adore hotels. I feel free, as if I were starting a new life. Even if it's only a feeling, it's very nice.
Referenced in Spanking the Monkey