I haven't seen this since it came out, but I remember that it was very good. Some scenes seem to be leftover from 400 BLOWS, having read the original script. One of his more charming films, Truffaut had a way with kids. Perhaps because he was always a kid at heart.
"If children had the right to vote, they would have better schools." In the snapshot-like memories of childhood, Truffaut finds what Fellini found at the end of La Dolce Vita: the redeeming power of children. A priceless reminder of the beauty, innocence, and joy of the children's world and why it needs to be protected. · Film was invented for scenes like the one in the window-sill with the toddler and the cat.
[Cinémathèque PT #130: 35 mm] Saw this with Eva Truffaut on the actual screening. How rad is that? It's a decent film. Is this the one where a baby falls off a tall building? Putain, that sequence both amused and scared the hell out of me. That's directing 101.
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
Muchas películas sobre personajes infantiles se han realizado en el cine, teniendo como tema o contexto central la guerra, la orfandad, crisis familiares, etc., pero pocas se han dedicado a usar como tema central la infancia en sí. Este filme es eso, siendo las ocurrencias de un grupo de niños el gran atractivo. Temas tan maduros como la sexualidad son tratadas desde la inocencia. Los grandes son incluso infantiles.
This is a pleasant enough film about children being children. I enjoyed the rather plotness non-narrative structuring, but unlike other semi-neorealist films this one failed to really move me, nice scenes, lots of memorable moments but... but...