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Baisers Volés (Stolen Kisses)

Baisers Volés (Stolen Kisses) (1968)



Average Rating: 7.8/10
Reviews Counted: 23
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 1

Stolen Kisses is a fine feature follow-up to The 400 Blows, transforming Antoine Doinel into a sympathetic, silly, and romantic figure that carries to the series' end.

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Stolen Kisses is a fine feature follow-up to The 400 Blows, transforming Antoine Doinel into a sympathetic, silly, and romantic figure that carries to the series' end.



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The episodic romantic comedy Stolen Kisses is the third installment in François Truffaut's Antoine Doinel series, which started with The 400 Blows in 1959. In 1968, Antoine (Jean-Pierre Léaud) is discharged from the military and comes home to Paris, getting an apartment in Montmartre with an excellent view of the Sacré-Coeur. He meets up with his sweetheart, Christine Darbon (Claude Jade, making her film debut), and joins her and her parents for dinner (Daniel Ceccaldi and Claire Duhamel). With

Aug 24, 1999

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One of Truffaut's best, lyrical and resonant in a way the later films in the cycle would not be.

August 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The slice-of-life pic also has neat slices of observation, tasteful presentation and easeful acting that avoid banality.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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A persuasively charming comedy.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A movie so full of love that to define it may make it sound like a religious experience, which, of course, it is -- but in a wonderfully unorthodox, cockeyed way.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Paris was never so beguiling.

August 8, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Often improvised and frequently charming and witty, Truffaut's film engages with a sad, dramatic and funny storyline that while not action packed keeps its pace and remains a classic today.

August 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Typically light fare from the master of French Lite

September 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Writer
Cinema Writer

While Truffaut was fiddling with this trifle, the streets of Paris were burning with a student riot in May 1968.

November 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

As with all of Truffaut's great films, Baisers volés features an odd collection of minor characters and playful cinematic asides that present a complex view of the world.

May 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Senses of Cinema
Senses of Cinema

A poignant portrait of sop-free love.

April 13, 2004

Despite some of the broadness of the comedy (one of the funniest scenes being Antoine's clearly inept attempt to tail a woman on the street), the film is tempered throughout by a series of lessons Antoine learns about the nature of the adult world.

May 30, 2003 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Another winner from the greatest surfer of the French New Wave.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4

Some regard the film as Truffaut's finest work.

March 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Stolen Kisses certainly has charm, and is more accessible to mainstream audiences than the previous Antoine films.

September 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews

This amusing and entertaining French film is a valentine to love and the emotions it arouses.

March 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

The gentle tone of Stolen Kisses seems keyed to Jean-Pierre Léaud's unassuming poignancy in the role of Antoine Doinel. His relaxed improvisatory manner in front of the camera remains as fresh today as it was in 1968.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Baisers Volés (Stolen Kisses)

After following Antoine Doinel as a young boy in Les quatre cents coups and his désamours in L'amour à vingt ans, in Baisers Volés we see the life and lovers of an "akward" young man.
Then it comes the great Domicile Conjugal where Antoine and Christine are married and where we see a kiss scene from Baiser Volés, and L'amour en fuite, the last film of this serie.

You don't need to watch these films in order. Actually, it could be interesting to begin from the end and then back to the first one, to understand Antoine's life.

May 15, 2009

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Truffaut homages Henri Langlois, Laurel and Hardy. Hitchcock and Balzac, and brings back his alter ego, Antoine Doinel. Now at the doors of adulthood, he was kicked out from the army, and struggles to find a job, first as a night porter, shoe seller, tv repairing engineer and even as a private eye for a detective agency. But don't get confused, this is a pleasant, charming comedy, where all the sorrow and rebelliousness of his childhood is gone for good, and now his only concern is to win the heart of the girl he likes.
Nostalgic stroll through the beautiful Paris, in company of a magnificent auteur who always knew how to gather the sweetest moments of life into a film; Jean-Pierre Léaud's likeable absent-mindedness; Claude Jade's natural beauty; and Charles Trenet's sweetest ballad.
September 2, 2008

Super Reviewer

Hilarious and romantic. Jean-Pierre Leaud IS Antoine Doinel Antoine Doinel Antoine Doinel Antoine Doinel Antoine Doinel...
December 27, 2007

Super Reviewer

Francois Truffaut's third Antoine Doinel film has a happenstance feel of just dropping in to see what's new with our boy. He's freshly bounced out of the military, and is casually skipping from mediocre job to mediocre job without success. Meanwhile, he courts a past girlfriend, the stunningly photogenic Claude Jade.

The light, episodic story doesn't have much of a point, and this frustrated me for awhile. But eventually, the film's romantic charm won me over. There are some surprisingly funny moments, and the gentle resolution surely influenced Woody Allen.
January 5, 2010
Eric Broome

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