Image: Hélène Jeanbreu

  • Director

    François Truffaut

  • With

    Geory Demorceaux, Philippe Goldman, Jean-François Stévenin, Chantal Petit

  • France 1976. 104min

  • Digital

  • Certificate


  • English subtitles

A kaleidoscopic look at the lives of various school kids – and, sometimes, their families – in a small Auvergne town, this combines perky comedy, occasional whimsy, and a darker concern with the neglectful abuse of children. Admittedly uneven, it nevertheless evinces a heartfelt sympathy for youngsters, evident in the respect accorded to the mostly amateur cast and in its intuitive awareness of children’s fertile imaginations.

Joint ticket available with François Truffaut’s Cinematic and Literary Influences on Saturday 29 January, £15, concessions £12 (Members pay £2 less).