It’s 1968 and the forever lustful protagonist of the Antoine Doinel series, has been discharged from military service. He stumbles into a position assisting a private eye where many misadventures, romantic and otherwise ensue.
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So different in tone and theme from The 400 Blows that it's almost impossible to place this sequel on the same timeline—but then, the older you get, the more you realize that different parts of your life might as well have been shot by completely different directors. This comedy shows how willing Truffaut was to trade beauty/truth for charm. Then he ends by showing you that charm has a beauty and truth of its own.
Made 44 years ago,a romantic comedy that doesn't feel dated,a lesson for those in Hollywood.Because it has heart and a plot that keeps moving.Doinel is a young man trying to figure out where he belongs.
There's no way I could possibly not fall in love with this masterpiece. It's so beautiful, the portrait of Antoine Doinel, after getting out of army. The relationships with women... That saga is absolutely fabulous. It does continue... Thank god! François was a genious!
Though a complete tonal shift from 400 Blows, this wonderful follow-up still manages to fit within that film's lineage due to it's similar disregard for plot and preference for characters and their lives. Leaud also truly shows his chops in here as he is truly likeable, funny
while also a little pathetic as he stumbles around from one scene to another trying to balance sex and career on his odyssey to fall in love.