Mike Leigh visits Warwick Arts Centre and introduces one of his personal favourites, Les 400 Coups.
A French new wave film, Les 400 Coups offers an honest and heart-breaking observation of adolescent life based on François Truffaut’s own childhood. Neglected by his parents, young Parisian boy Antoine Doinel (Léaud) faces one difficult situation after another.
When released the film received many awards and nominations, including the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Director, the OCIC Award, and a Palme d’Or nomination in 1959. The film was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Writing in 1960.