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THE 400 BLOWS

by François Truffaut

synopsis

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.

international title: The 400 Blows
original title: Les quatre cents coups
country: France
year: 1959
genre: fiction
directed by: François Truffaut
film run: 99'
release date: FR 04/05/1959, IT 26/09/1959, FI 02/10/1959, DE 20/10/1959, UK 11/1959, SE 26/02/1960, DK 25/03/1960, HU 19/05/1960, ES 29/08/1960, SU 03/10/1960, TR 17/01/1961, PT 23/03/1961, DD 28/11/1969, PL 05/10/2001, GR 14/06/2002
screenplay: François Truffaut, Marcel Moussy
cast: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Albert Rémy, Claire Maurier
cinematography by: Henri Decaë
film editing: Marie-Josèphe Yoyotte

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