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4,144 Ratings

Stolen Kisses

Baisers volés

Directed by François Truffaut
France, 1968
Drama, Romance, Comedy


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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Stolen Kisses Directed by François Truffaut

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1969 | Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film

National Board of Review

1970 | Winner: Top Foreign Films

Prix Louis Delluc

1968 | Winner: Prix Louis Delluc

Truffaut ends his film on an ambiguous note, with a stalker approaching Christine in Antoine’s presence and declaring his “definitive” love for her, thus suggesting the tenuousness of Antoine’s faithfulness that will come to fruition in Bed and Board and Love on the Run. Such a moment reminds us that, even in charming-humanist mode, this great French auteur couldn’t help but disturb.
March 29, 2017
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STOLEN KISSES, the most picaresque of the Doinel films, follows Leaud as he transitions from soldier to detective to television repairman; its beauty lies in the fact that, like Leaud and Truffaut’s Doinel himself, it doesn’t seem to know where it’s headed until the last few minutes.
October 23, 2009
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As with all of Truffaut’s great films, Baisers volés features an odd collection of minor characters and playful cinematic asides that present a complex view of the world.
April 22, 2004
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