A study of minor events in the adolescence of a boy growing up in small towns. Daniel lives with his grandmother and, after a year of high school, goes to live with his mother in the south of France. When he returns to visit his grandmother, it is obvious he has grown up faster than his old friends.
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Jean Eustache has always been among my favorite French directors, he depicts the world and human relationships with a rare realism and a tasty sense of social provocation and poetical subversion. Underrated compared to big names of the late 60s French new wave. This is one very touching film about childhood, its challenges and turpitudes. More intense and wilder than Rohmer on similar topics.
...Eine Familie, die sich allerhöchstens ein Abendessen an einem Sonntag als gemeisame Zeit gönnt.... Dazu gibts unsere Auswahl der französischen Nouvelle Vague der 70er (zweiter Anlauf) auf der Webpage unserer Videothek (in echt: immer noch mit DVD Verleih) cinegeek.de
Randomly caught this at the Gene Siskel Center in Chicago and was blown away. French coming of age it it's best. I haven't been able to stop thinking about it since. Dumbfounded that it's currently unavailable worldwide on DVD.