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Joris B.'s avatar

Joris B.

That kid's one hell of an actor.
13 years 8 months ago
benhere's avatar


A brilliant and semi-autobiographical debut from Truffaut. The parents in this film were not unlike his own. He later said he never forgave his parents for their neglect.
10 years 8 months ago
NuclearPlanet's avatar


This seemed WAY before it's time. Easily could have been confused for something made in the late 80's.
12 years 2 months ago
arunraj's avatar


Simple but powerful movie!!
12 years 11 months ago
peterskb45's avatar


Great film, but a such a terrible literal translation of the French title. The English title should be something along the lines of "Raising Hell," which is what the phrase "Les quatre cents coups" refers to in French.
8 years 3 months ago
devilsadvocado's avatar


One of the most intriguing side characters in this film is the strange little boy played by Richard Kanayan:


There's just something so odd and mesmerizing about him.
12 years 5 months ago
Rdgz_Dust_Speck's avatar


One of my favorites... And also, it can be seen as a start. As a step, a leap taken in cinema.
12 years 5 months ago
Dieguito's avatar


Formidable! Incredible movie, the joy and difficulties of youth...
12 years 9 months ago
Deus's avatar


broke my heart
13 years 7 months ago
fonz's avatar


One of my favorites. Antoine Doinel is like a French Holden Caulfield--at odds with the world around him, either by choice or by design . Neither take their studies very seriously and both end up confined at the end of their stories.
8 years 7 months ago
Siskoid's avatar


Truffaut's Les quatre cents coups (The 400 Blows) is cousin to his early short film Les Miston (The Brats), similarly semi-autobiographical and about young boys misbehaving. And it's incredibly well-observed and truthful in its depiction of young people, and how they might bear the brunt of the generation gap. Antoine is on the young side of adolescence, disinterested in school, prone to truancy, and at home, an annoyance to his parents. Without ever glorifying his behavior, the film puts us on his side as he interacts with uncaring authority figures at school, home and the justice system. This may be the first and best film about systemic ageism (seniors like to think ageism victimizes them, but having worked with youth groups for decades, I can tell you young people get it as bad or worse). Every kid has felt the adult world's unfairness, but as they grow up and become unfair themselves, they tend to forget how it used to be. Truffaut doesn't and does his best to remind us. A note on the title: In French (and this isn't an expression I've ever heard in Canada), "les 400 coups" is part of an expression that means "raising hell", but it's also a pun implying "blows" or "knocks", all the things beating Antoine down (and yet not corporeal punishment, which would have muddied the point). The English title gets the pun, but doesn't rotate back to the "mischief" meaning of "coups".
5 years 4 months ago
eduaudy's avatar


Such a great film... That last scene may be one of the best endings I've ever seen.
9 years 6 months ago
catherinefrances's avatar


Such an introspective film about an unwanted child.
3 years 10 months ago
RosePlantQueen's avatar


Such a sad film.
13 years ago
Paper_Okami's avatar


This movie is amazing!
14 years ago

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