The 400 Blows


Plot – Antoine is a 12-year-old listless but restless Parisian boy. His parents are seriously worried, but the family environment hasn’t however a good influence on him. His mother has frequent occasional relationships, while his stepfather is too presumptuous. Antoine feels uncomfortable at home and at school, so he begins to miss classes and to wander throughout Paris with his friend René.

Movie Info

Title The 400 Blows

Original title Les quatre cents coups

Year 1959

Director François Truffaut


Top 5 Quotes of “The 400 Blows” Movie

“Women are always taken advantage of at the office, and they don’t know what to do about it.”
Albert Rémy – Julien Doinel

“I have no socks left around these holes.”
Albert Rémy – Julien Doinel

Your quest of the absolute led you straight to a zero. For you who don’t know Balzac, it concerns “A Shady Business”.
Guy Decomble – ‘Petite Feuille’, the French teacher

“- Antoine Doinel: I need some money for lunch, dad. Only 1,000 francs.
– Julien Doinel: Therefore you hope for 500. Therefore you need 300. Here’s 100.”
Jean-Pierre Léaud – Antoine Doinel
Albert Rémy – Julien Doinel

“- Psychiatrist: Your parents say you’re always lying.
– Antoine Doinel: Oh, I lie now and then, I suppose. Sometimes I’d tell them the truth and they still wouldn’t believe me, so I prefer to lie.”
Jean-Pierre Léaud – Antoine Doinel