Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Sight & Sound Challenge: The 400 Blows (1959)

Film: The 400 Blows (136/250) 
First Time/Rewatch: Rewatch

I really really really love this movie. Jean-Pierre Léaud gives one of my favorite performances from a child actor as a young man whose parents are impatient and frustrated with him, whose teacher is pretty heartless, and who feels like he's running out of options for his life. He's scared, he's confused, he seeks refuge in all the wrong places, he makes bad decisions. Through it all we see a little boy who has nobody left in his life that believes in him. I can't believe this is François Truffaut's first's a remarkable achievement in filmmaking. To capture such feelings of isolation, frustration, and hopelessness...Truffaut was 27 when this film was released! You know what *I* was doing when I was 27? Probably binge-watching Daria (again) and eating cookies by the fistful. Sigh. Anyway, thank the cinema gods for these filmmaking prodigies and for charming boys like Jean-Pierre Léaud.

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