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The 400 Blows (1959)


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4.5 out of 10 New Wave classic
Philip from Dublin, 28 Aug 2009
A lot of films that were highly rated in their day can date quickly - fortunately, this isn't one of them. This is maybe the most famous of the original Nouvelle Vague French films, and one of the very best. It follows a short period in the life of a boy in Paris who is following a tightrope between naughtiness and outright criminality. Its funny, moving and intelligent and as compelling today as it ever was. The ending, of course, is one of the all time great final scenes in cinema.
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4.5 out of 10 Very memorable
Brian from Dublin, 18 Jul 2011
Haunting,touching, a grim Paris unlike the popular tourist city. You gradually become very involved with the story of this kid who has all the odds stacked against him...a work of genious..well worth a look.
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4 out of 10 Engaging..
Helen from Cork, 01 Feb 2011
Quite an engaging movie to watch... follows the childhood and youth of a young kid with difficult family setting. Didnt blow me away, but enjoyable at the same time.
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5 out of 10 So simple
Colm from Dublin, 03 Dec 2008
A simple idea made to near-perfection. It reignited my love of film after a long spell of watching rubbish.
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4.5 out of 10 beautiful
Edward from Dublin, 20 Mar 2008
This is one of the finest films ever made. Beautifully shot, paced and acted.
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Praised by film-makers (Akira Kurosawa called it "One of the most beautiful films that I have ever seen") and critics the world over, Truffaut's 400 Blows launched the Nouvelle Vague and paved the way for some of cinema's most important and influential directors. Twelve-year-old Antoine Doinel has troubles at home and at school. Ignored and neglected by his parents, his relationship with his mother is further strained when he discovers that she has taken a secret lover. Added...

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