A terrible mother. A terrible stepfather. A terrible child. Very much unsympathic characters across the board. It looks like Mr. Truffaut is telling us about his own childhood; it's sad, yes indeed. He is unwanted. He fights against it. Ok, fine; there are a lot of other movies which deal with the same subjec. What is so 'brilliant', where is the 'landmark' here? At times boring. Totally overpraised.
among many things, I have always loved the way in which the film "splits" the contexts of formation into two: the incommunicability and oppression of formal institutions - school and family - contrasts with the "discovery" offered by the road, even if more dangerous.
Many times, the culprits of a new wave, a new way of film-making, almost like a new way of art, something is lost in the transition: the film does not belong to either world, the old or the new. The importance of the transition is arguably the most important part of it all, but it doesn't produce the best art, but like the 'nouvelle vague' this movie sets out to break rules, being both cardinal and timeless