Stolen Kisses (1968)

Genres - Comedy Drama, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Comedy, Urban Comedy  |   Release Date - Feb 1, 1969 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 91 min.  |   Countries - France  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Andrea LeVasseur

The most lighthearted entry in the saga of Antoine Doniel, the low-key romantic comedy Stolen Kisses marks the feature debut of Claude Jade as the lovely music student Christine Darbon. The story follows an absurd trajectory as Antoine works an array of ridiculous jobs and responds with his endearing boyish charm when he fails at each one. Jean-Pierre Léaud is adorably harmless in his exploits, as this is his last film appearance as a technical bachelor. One of the film's best attributes is the performance of Delphine Seyrig as the fashionable and experienced seductress Fabienne Tabard. Their scenes together are touching and funny, a sweet reflection of the film's American contemporary, The Graduate. The deadpan dialogue is full of quirks and spontaneous comedy, while the cynical romance is just comfortable and friendly. The city of Paris is well photographed, and there's plenty of '60s style to soak up, including a whole store of women's shoes. Truffaut seems to be enjoying himself capturing his trademark subtleties and comic moments. Overall, Stolen Kisses is a totally enjoyable experience, strangely filmed during the 1968 Paris riots.