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4,174 Ratings

Antoine and Colette

Antoine et Colette

Directed by François Truffaut
France, 1962
Comedy, Drama, Short


Now aged 17, Antoine Doinel works in a factory which makes records. At a music concert, he meets a girl his own age, Colette, and falls in love with her. Later, Antoine goes to extraordinary lengths to please his new girlfriend and her parents, but Colette still only regards him as a casual friend.

Our take

François Truffaut was commissioned to make this short film for the Parisian section of the 1962 omnibus of films about love, Love At Twenty. Jean-Pierre Léaud returns to the semi-autobiographical role of Antoine Doinel from The 400 Blows. And what do we find? A mischievous, tormented adolescent.

Antoine and Colette Directed by François Truffaut

Critics reviews

It’s possibly Truffaut’s best film, its only real competition being another TWO ENGLISH GIRLS. The film finds an 18-year-old Doinel living on his own, getting a job, and falling in love. Like all of Truffaut’s films centering on young people, it isn’t so much about youth as the memory of youth. The director, who turned 30 the year he made it and was already a father of two, seems to be trying to recapture the moments that disappeared without his noticing.
October 23, 2009
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