A must see. Doinel's saga is one of the peaks of Western (continental) cinema. Loneliness, the haunting memories of the past, and the struggle for love according to one of the masters of the language of images. While, compared to the previous one, this final chapter lacks in immersion, atmosphere and spontaneity, it definitely manages to rightly conclude the story (and to relieve your curiosity).
"The immense sadness of films without women. I hate war films except for that moment when the soldier takes out of his pocket the photo of a woman" Truffaut wasn't very keen on doing another film centered on Doinel, and the tone is bittersweet. Interestingly, after Doinel, Jean Pierre Léaud as a person was to become mythical movie persona will be used by other filmmakers - Tsai Ming Liang, for example.
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.