I'm going to be generous here and give this 3 stars. Largely made up of clips from the previous 4 Antoine Doinel pictures; the newly shot scenes are weak. Fortunately for Leaud's fans, he can still be seen in some other good films: The Pornographer, Irma Vep, and I Hired a Contract Killer, among the more recent ones, as well as his earlier work with Godard, Rivette, etc..
Admittedly, I would have prefer less footage from earlier films. Then again, unlike the viewers in 79, I had the opportunity to marathon this whole odyssey. There's also something to be said for a series actually ending (something we'll likely never see these days). The sense of reward that I got watching everything come together was very endearing. In a weird way, it felt like an adaptation of LA SALADE DE L'AMOUR.
There really are too many clips from the earlier films in this Antoine Doinel finale. Was this before home video when people could only see films in theatres? Perhaps Truffaut couldn't forsee people who've marathoned all the films at once finding the excessive callbacks tiresome. Would have liked there to be a few more films but a nice series featuring 2 great films (400 Blows & Stolen Kisses) and the rest good.
It's not just the Antoine Doinel clip show! He's old in this picture and looking back at all his tragic romances only accentuate the moments and make them more tragic since they'll never happen again. It's the simiplicity of the story that makes nostalgia and love the main character of the film (along with Doinel of course) and I absolutely loved it! I haven't been this moved by a Doinel film since The 400 Blows!