Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Now on FilmStruck: Stolen Kisses (1968)

Stolen Kisses (1968) - Directed by Francois Truffaut; Written by Francois Truffaut, Claude de Givray, Bernard Revon; Starring Jean-Pierre Leaud, Claude Jade, Delphine Seyrig.

By Kenny Howell

Francois Truffaut revisits his alter ego Antoine Doinel for the third time (second time in a feature) in this whimsical romantic comedy.

Truffaut introduced us to Doinel in the masterpiece, one of the greatest films of all time, The 400 Blows. At that point, Doinel was a wayward kid with seemingly no future, and we see this carried over into Stolen Kisses. In the opening scenes, Doinel is getting kicked out of the Army and heads out to find another job.

He is seeing the delightful Christine, in which he hasn't committed to anything serious as of yet. He lands on his feet professionally as well, eventually getting a job as a private investigator where he he has a case at a shoe shop. The odd owner hires his company to find out why no one there likes him. But the owner's wife takes a liking to Doinel, and complicates his relationships with women.

It is hard to match the resonance of The 400 Blows, and I don't think Stolen Kisses even really tries. This is a new phase in Doinel's life, one in which he is figuring out his connection with the opposite sex, while still figuring out just where he belongs. Despite not matching the first film, Stolen Kisses is delightful, and sets the stage for a few more films about Doinel, Bed & Board and Love on the Run.

Stolen Kisses is on FilmStruck as a part of the Criterion Collection.

Rating: ***1/2

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