06 July 2010

Les Quatre Cents Coups (1959)


Not everybody has a tongue like yours.
So basically: Antoine Doinel is a young schoolboy who is tired of the routine of class and then spending the evening at home with his mother and father. With his parents both working, Antoine feels neglected - he even spent the majority of his childhood at his grandma's because his mother couldn't take care of him. Feeling neglected and misunderstood, Antoine, accompanied by his best friend Rene, turns to the streets and a life of petty crime.

What a bratty kid. He wasn't misunderstood or neglected, he was just rebellious. I think his parents truly cared for him - even if it was an unwanted pregnancy - and gave him every opportunity to improve himself. They even took him out to the movies when he should have been punished. This boy used his parents until they had no choice but to seek outside help and send him away. Even then, instead of trying to "prove that he could become a man," he ran away from that! This is a boy who doesn't like the responsibility of the real world and thinks that he has the right to just ignore it and to run free. I honestly don't get what the writer/director was trying to portray in this boy.

It's an alright film just to watch, but it defs does not deserve to be on the list.

Ziggi seal of disapproval!

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