Beyond a masterfully written narration - with many poignant and vivid characters and a well paced and rich plot development - Truffaut offers us a taste of his critical view on French society at the time. Gender power relations, romance and women's condition, as well as the causes and consequences of artistic success and of unlawful behaviour are indeed openly discussed. Extraordinary and clearly a masterpiece.
Compelling to watch such delicate, reflexive and thorough direction giving life to an apparent criminal cat-and-mouse storyline. There, it continues to engage through the dreams and hopes of Charlie. However, it knows what it wants to be about but has a hard time focusing throughout.
Truffaut is a filmmaker with a great sense of style and movie making in general, and it shows in his composition, pacing, and all around direction of this magnificently filmed noir. It is made with a confident grip on the craft at hand, showing that Truffaut is virtuoso auteur who knows how to wield a camera to evoke that intangible feeling of cinema itself.