In this film, François Truffaut seems to be offering his audiences a double dose of heartwarming benevolence. On the one hand through the evocation of the neighbourly and obliging atmosphere of a small town, on the other via the faithful portrayal of the world of children, from toddlers to adolescents. More time is devoted to the pupils of the local school than to the tiny tots, however, and the film is discreetly broken up into episodes when individuals from the school collective are brought forward as the director focuses on their particular problems. Isolation, failure, shyness, lack of understanding from their elders, infatuation and the anguish this brings – none of these anxieties is played down. On the contrary, the stories outlined here indicate that the life of children is just as dramatic as that of their parents. Truffaut pays subtle tribute to the sensitivity, vitality and resourcefulness of his young heroes and is continually able to touch his audience through masterful images of children’s spontaneity. –KVIFF
The product of an unhappy, loveless home, Truffaut began using films to escape the exigencies of reality at age seven, virtually living in various Parisian movie houses. He left school to go to work at 14, and, one year later, founded a film club, which brought him to the attention of influential cinema critic Andre Bazin. Over the next few years, Bazin both financed and protected Truffaut. In 1953, Bazin hired Truffaut as a critic/essayist for Cahiers du Cinema. It was in the January 1954 edition that Truffaut published his landmark essay “A Certain Tendency in the French Cinema,” in which he attacked directors who merely ground out films without any personal cinematic vision; he also propounded the auteur theory, which opined that the only directors worth serious consideration were those who left their own individual signatures on each of their films. Truffaut noted that writing critiques enabled him to understand why he loved films and to rationalize his reasons for liking them… read more
Truffaut and kids, one of the greatest equations of cinema. And "L'argent de poche" has a lot of kids in it.
this special film understands children. 'children have grace' as one mom said. it deals with the frustrations and the joyful moments, spontaneously. but the coup de grâce, for me, is that it incites ours childhood memories, pains and joys. we see ourselves, children we knew in school or the neighborhood. it is very intimate and magical in a lot of moments