Domicile Conjugal (Bed & Board)
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In the fourth installment of François Truffaut's Antoine Doniel series, this romantic comedy shows how Antoine (Jean-Pierre Léaud) went from being a mischievous boy to an adorably charming young man of 26. Domicile Conjugal begins with Antoine settling down with Christine (Claude Jade), his girlfriend from the previous film, Baisers volés. He finds himself accepted and loved by his wife and her family, so the young couple move in to an apartment building together. They live in a lively neighborhood of interesting characters, such as the old man who never leaves and the opera singer who… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It is laced with little incidents, quirky characters, incisive insights and quintessentially French national traits of complacency that avoid chauvinism in Truffaut's gentle but never sentimental or indulgent treatment."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"I can't help believing that François Truffaut's latest Antoine Doinel comedy, Bed and Board, will turn out to be one of the loveliest, most intelligent movies we'll see in all of 1971."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"There simply isn't enough story, and most of the characters remain inert."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The continuing enchanting adventures of Antoine Doinel; not quite a Truffaut classic, but close."
‑ Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review-Journal
"Pretty ordinary stuff, but charming the way Truffaut captures the vignettes"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"For those who found Truffaut's later work becoming flaccid, this fourth instalment in the continuing saga of Antoine Doinel provides plenty of critical ammunition."
‑ , Time Out
"The sadness of the film's decaying domesticity keeps undermining it, giving it the air of a melancholy B-side to what's come before."
‑ Keith Phipps, AV Club
"Bed and Board is a charming, pleasant and touching film, and the best sequel of the series."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"There is a sense of community in this film that was somewhat lacking in the previous Doinel films, as Truffaut emphasizes reoccurring characters and their relations to each other in the small neighborhood where Antoine and Christine live."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Bed and Board is one of the most decent and loving films I can remember."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The film is entertaining and discreetly sentimental, though perhaps a little too flattering to the fantasies of the young adult audience."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"It's a minor Truffaut domestic romantic comedy, the least satisfactory of the series, although it's not without the usual charm and amusing moments."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Truffaut's technical ability is not in doubt, and Léaud can't be faulted in his interpretation of the role, but there's a feeling of 'why bother?' scuttering around in the undergrowth."
‑ , Film4
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