The 400 Blows ★★★★★

Despite having seen this at least half a dozen times in the last twenty years, I don’t think I’ve ever felt Antoine’s isolation and sadness in the last reel so acutely.

The most salient part of Truffaut’s intricate portrait of parental abandonment is when he lets the family have a good night in which everyone is warm and loving, after which all that is abruptly stripped away again. Maybe because I’ve recently been processing certain issues from my own childhood at last, that strikes me now as a particularly well-observed and devastating sequence.

Anyway. Blu-ray looks fantastic!!!