There are elements here to the last Antoine Doinel film that feel a little cobbled together, not least the extensive use of flashback clips to the previous films. However, what is actually shot for this film — primarily scenes involving Antoine divorcing his wife Christine, and reconnecting with the lovely Marie-France Pisier as Colette (looking younger somehow than in the 1962 clips from Antoine et Colette) — all looks great, with some gloriously-lit frontally framed cinematography, and Truffaut has brought some new collaborators (including Pisier) on board as co-screenwriters. That aside, it does also try perhaps a little hard to wrap things up with Doinel’s new love interest, Sabine. It doesn’t outstay its welcome, in any case.
FILM REVIEW: Criterion Collection
Director François Truffaut; Writers Truffaut, Marie-France Pisier, Jean Aurel and Suzanne Schiffman; Cinematographer Néstor Almendros; Starring Jean-Pierre Léaud, Claude Jade, Marie-France Pisier, Dorothée; Length 94 minutes.
Seen at home (DVD), London, Saturday 30 December 2017.