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The fourth film in François Truffaut’s quasi-autobiographical Antoine Doinel cycle finds the idealistic child-man married to his sweetheart Christine (Claude Jade). The couple have a reasonably cosy domestic life, making ends meet through Christine’s violin lessons, while Antoine sells flowers when not working fitfully on his long-gestating novel. As Christine becomes pregnant with the couple’s first child, Antoine threatens to sabotage their future happiness when he becomes obsessed with Kyoko (Hiroko Berghauer), a beautiful young Japanese woman.
Notes by David O Mahony
This film screens as part of the François Truffaut season, May 7th to 31st.