The episodic romantic comedy Stolen Kisses is the third installment in François Truffaut's Antoine Doinel series, which started with The 400 Blows in 1959. In 1968, Antoine (Jean-Pierre Léaud) is discharged from the military and comes home to Paris, getting an apartment in Montmartre with an excellent view of the Sacré-Coeur. He meets up with his ...
The episodic romantic comedy Stolen Kisses is the third installment in François Truffaut's Antoine Doinel series, which started with The 400 Blows in 1959. In 1968, Antoine (Jean-Pierre Léaud) is discharged from the military and comes home to Paris, getting an apartment in Montmartre with an excellent view of the Sacré-Coeur. He meets up with his sweetheart, Christine Darbon (Claude Jade, making her film debut), and joins her and her parents for dinner (Daniel Ceccaldi and Claire Duhamel). With the help of Christine's father, he gets a job as a hotel clerk but quickly gets fired after he unwittingly aids a private detective (Harry Max). After running into the detective at a coffee shop, Antonie then falls into a job at the Blady Detective Agency, assisting with the investigation of a magician. He is then assigned to the case of neurotic Georges Tabard (Michel Lonsdale), and ends up working in the stock room of his shoe store. After Antoine has coffee with Tabard's beautiful and intelligent wife, Fabienne (Delphine Seyrig), she inevitably tries to seduce him. He later meets Christine in a park and proposes to her, taking the pair into the next film: Bed and Board. One of the lightest entries in the series, Stolen Kisses was ironically filmed during a turbulent political time in France. Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi
François Truffaut's BAISÉS VOLÉS (STOLEN KISSES) is the third film in the director's Antoine Doinel series, which begins with young Antoine (Jean-Pierre Léaud) running away from home in THE 400 BLOWS. Now the lovable everyman is a bushy tailed twentysomething who has just been released from military service. Anxious to jump back into civilian life, he reunites with his girlfriend, Christine (Claude Jade), and starts a job as a night watchman at a hotel. Some hilarious scenes follow as Antoine's combined incompetence, flightiness, and general bad luck land him in some ruthlessly ironic situations. Still, the determined youth perseveres. After he loses his hotel job, Antoine is hired as a private detective, and then as a shoe salesman; he's fired, however, for sleeping with the boss's wife (Delphine Seyrig). And when he's not working, he throws money at whores like there's no tomorrow. (His date with "a very tall woman" epitomizes the quirkiness of French humor. ) In an unforgettable scene, the frenzied Antoine stands in front of the mirror emphatically repeating the names of his lovers and then his own. All of these famously original episodes feed into flashbacks from previous films in the series. To complete the picture, BAISÉS VOLÉS includes beautiful shots of Paris--the Sacre Couer, the Arc de Triomphe, and other favorite monuments--that cement the always-romantic nature of Truffaut's works.