Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
Original title: L’Amour En Fuite
France, 1979. Les Films du Carrosse. Scenario by Francois Truffaut, Marie-France Pisier, Jean Aurel, Suzanne Schiffman. Cinematography by Nestor Almendros. Produced by Francois Truffaut. Music by Georges Delerue. Production Design by Jean-Pierre Kohut-Svelko. Costume Design by Monique Dury. Film Editing by Martine Barraqué. Podcast: My Criterions.
The final, and weakest, chapter in the adventures of Antoine Doinel, hero of the French New Wave. Jean-Pierre Léaud is once again the affable hero who is now divorced and looking for love. He reunites with his beautiful friend Colette (a marvelous performance by Marie-France Pisier, who also co-wrote the screenplay) and she helps him face a few truths about himself that he was hitherto ignorant of. Francois Truffaut allows this one to rely too heavily on footage from the previous films, and while they provide terrific reminders of the masterpiece classics that they are, they also do a pale job of hiding the fact that this one really doesn’t have any particular direction to go in. Pisier is a jolt, as is former children’s show host Dorothée as Antoine’s latest conquest of love, but it’s a disappointing end to a fantastic saga. Still, if you’re going through the series you definitely shouldn’t avoid it.
The Criterion Collection: #188