Original film poster
|Directed by||François Truffaut|
|Produced by||François Truffaut|
|Written by||François Truffaut|
Claude de Givray
|Music by||Antoine Duhamel|
Song: Que reste-t-il de nos amours? by Charles Trenet
|Edited by||Agnès Guillemot|
Les Films du Carrosse
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|Box office||$1.5 million|
1,156,101 admissions (France)
Stolen Kisses (French: Baisers volés) is a 1968 French romantic comedy-drama film directed by François Truffaut starring Jean-Pierre Léaud and Claude Jade. It continues the story of the character Antoine Doinel, whom Truffaut had previously depicted in The 400 Blows and the short film Antoine and Colette. In this film, Antoine begins his relationship with Christine Darbon, which is depicted further in the last two films in the series, Bed & Board and Love on the Run.
The original French title of the film comes from a line in Charles Trenet's song "Que reste-t-il de nos amours ?" which is also used as the film's signature tune. The film was nominated for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
The film begins with a pan onto the locked gates of the Cinémathèque Française then based at the Palais du Chaillot. On the gates there is a sign 'Relache' ('Closed'). This is Truffaut's reference to the Affaire Langlois when the head of the Cinémathèque had been sacked by the French government. He was eventually reinstated after filmmakers like Truffaut used all their wiles to foment protest.
There are many continuations from The 400 Blows; discharged from the army as unfit, Antoine Doinel seeks out his sweetheart, violinist Christine Darbon. He has written to her voluminously (but, she says, not always nicely) while in the military. Their relationship is tentative and unresolved. Christine is away skiing with friends when Antoine arrives, and her parents must entertain him themselves, though glad to see him. After she learns that Antoine has returned from military service, Christine goes to greet him at his new job as a hotel night clerk. It is a promising sign that perhaps this time, the romance will turn out happily for Antoine. He is, however, quickly fired from the hotel job. Counting the army, Antoine loses three jobs in the film, and is clearly destined to lose a fourth, all symbolic of his general difficulty with finding his identity and "fitting in".
Later, Christine attempts to guess Antoine's third job, amusingly tossing out guesses like sheriff or water taster. Finally, his job as a private detective is revealed. Throughout the film, Antoine works to maintain the job, working a case that requires him to pose as a shoe store stock boy. The job separates Antoine from his relationship with Christine. Soon, he falls for his employer's attractive (and older) wife, who willingly seduces him. He quarrels with Christine, saying he has never "admired" her. Fired from the detective agency, by the film's end, Antoine has become a TV repairman. He still avoids Christine, but she wins him back by deliberately (and simply) disabling her TV, then calling his company for repairs while her parents are away. The company sends Antoine, who is once again bumbling and inept, trying for hours to fix a TV with just one missing tube. Morning finds the two of them in bed together.
The film's final scene shows the newly engaged Antoine and Christine, strolling in the park. A strange man who has trailed Christine for days approaches the couple and declares his love for Christine. He describes his love as "permanent" and unlike the "temporary" love of "temporary people". When he walks away, Christine explains that the man must be mad. Antoine, recognising similarities in much of his own previous behaviour, admits, "He must be".
Danny Peary called it "François Truffaut's witty, sad, insightful meditation on Love, encompassing passion, courtship, confusion, conflict, romance, jealousy, disloyalty, dishonesty, sex, conquest, and commitment (and second thoughts)."
|1970||NBR Awards||Top Foreign Language Films||Stolen Kisses||Won|
|National Society of Film Critics Awards||Best Film||Stolen Kisses||Nominated|
|Best Director||François Truffaut||Won|
|Best Supporting Actress||Delphine Seyrig||Won|
|1969||Academy Awards||Best Foreign Language Film||Stolen Kisses||Nominated|
|Golden Globe Awards||Best Foreign Language Film||Stolen Kisses||Nominated|
|French Syndicate of Cinema Critics||Prix Méliès||Stolen Kisses||Won|
|New York Film Critics Circle Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Delphine Seyrig||Nominated|
|Best Screenplay||Bernard Revon, Claude de Givray, François Truffaut||Nominated|
|1968||Cahiers du cinéma||Annual Top 10 List||François Truffaut||8th|
|Prix Louis Delluc||Best Film||Stolen Kisses||Won|