"★★★★★ – François Truffaut’s coming-of-age masterwork" – Guardian
"A landmark in modern cinema" – BBC
"★★★★★ – one of the greatest movies about childhood, from anywhere, ever" – Independent
"★★★★★ – Vibrant, visually exciting and emotionally resonant" – Empire
★★★★★ – Time Out
Restored in stunning 4K, The 400 Blows returns to the big screen.
An outstanding piece of cinema from the French New Wave movement, the film was director Francois Truffaut’s directorial debut and his response to what he felt was wrong with the film industry in France at that time.
Achingly poetic and founded mostly on elements from Truffaut’s own childhood, the film is – at its core – a simple character study of a 13-year-old boy, and is strengthened by a highly naturalistic performance from Jean-Pierre Léaud in the role of Antoine Doinel.
Dir: Francois Truffaut
Cast: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Albert Rémy, Patrick Auffay
FRA 1959, 100mins