Francois Truffaut’s third entry in his series about the winsome Antoine Doinel is another warm, sly, funny charmer. Antoine (played again by Jean-Pierre Leaud) is in a military prison, gets released, goes first to a prostitute and then to see his ex-girlfriend Christine (Claude Jade), a lovely but chaste concert violinist. Her father gets Antoine a job as a night watchman, but he allows a private investigator to cause mayhem in a resident’s apartment, and he is fired the next day. The investigator gets Antoine hired at his company, and soon he’s snooping and following people all over Paris. This leads to Antoine going undercover at a store owned by a strongly disliked tyrant (Michel Lonsdale), only for him to fall for the boss’s wife (Delphine Seyrig). Francois Truffaut’s first feature was “The 400 Blows” (1959), introducing young Antoine Doinel as a troubled young man with a fraught home life. They later made a second minor chapter for the character with the short “Antoine & Collette” (1962). Now comes this second feature, showing Antoine as a young adult, however in a state of arrested development. Leaud shows that Antoine hasn’t really grown up since the first film, and Jade is a beautiful paramour. The film is fast, funny and sometimes sweet. Truffaut remains one of the greatest filmmakers of all time.
NOTE: Nominated for the Best Foreign Film Oscar.