Baisers Volés (Stolen Kisses)
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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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"One of Truffaut's best, lyrical and resonant in a way the later films in the cycle would not be."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"A movie so full of love that to define it may make it sound like a religious experience, which, of course, it is -- but in a wonderfully unorthodox, cockeyed way."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Typically light fare from the master of French Lite"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"A poignant portrait of sop-free love."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz,
"Some regard the film as Truffaut's finest work."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"The slice-of-life pic also has neat slices of observation, tasteful presentation and easeful acting that avoid banality."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Paris was never so beguiling."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"While Truffaut was fiddling with this trifle, the streets of Paris were burning with a student riot in May 1968."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Despite some of the broadness of the comedy (one of the funniest scenes being Antoine's clearly inept attempt to tail a woman on the street), the film is tempered throughout by a series of lessons Antoine learns about the nature of the adult world."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Stolen Kisses certainly has charm, and is more accessible to mainstream audiences than the previous Antoine films."
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"A persuasively charming comedy."
‑ , Time Out
"Often improvised and frequently charming and witty, Truffaut's film engages with a sad, dramatic and funny storyline that while not action packed keeps its pace and remains a classic today."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"As with all of Truffaut's great films, Baisers volés features an odd collection of minor characters and playful cinematic asides that present a complex view of the world."
‑ Mike Robins, Senses of Cinema
"Another winner from the greatest surfer of the French New Wave."
‑ , Film4
"This amusing and entertaining French film is a valentine to love and the emotions it arouses."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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