The 400 blows – 
The film opens with a class teacher teaching lessons to the Children of 13-year old, almost an 8th standard students. A girl’s photo has been passed on from one bench to other. And when Antoine passes it, the teacher founds it and makes him to stand in the corner of the classroom. There he writes something about the teacher which the teacher makes him to rub it off by himself. He goes to the home just to find his father, his mother yet to return, but they both starts to have dinner without her. By the next day he bunks the school along with his friend Rene. When he was asked for the reason, he lies that his mother was died. His father and mother come to the school and he was punished yet again. But his mother tries to be nice to him from then on. She takes care of him and also speaks supportive of him.
He didn’t like the school anymore and started to go off from it and also want to detach himself from the home. He stays in his friend Rene’s home. They have to make money to live. So they decide that they have to steal something and sell it to get food. Antoine goes to his father office and steals a typewriter. They couldn’t get decent money so they decide to place it where it is. As Antoine moves into the office to place that typewriter he was caught red-handed by one of the workers in the office and his father sends him to police.
The police say that he can’t be corrected in the court and he was sent to a juvenile home. His mother places a request to them that his son has never seen sea so it will be better if they sent him to some camp there. After sometime he was moved there. There he says about his past that his mother never wanted him and wanted to abort him. He loved with his grandma and left from there after she was died. And his father was his step father.
One day, Antoine escapes from the work camp and keeps running till he reaches the sea. Once he reaches the sea, he looks it and turns towards the audience. The camera zooms in and the film ends.
This film poses a whole lot of questions on how we treat a boy in adolescent age which determines a lot in a man’s career. They didn’t know his world and when he was punished for the crime which he didn’t do, he gets frustrated which makes him to make more mistakes. He seems to be doing those things deliberately but they are doing that out of frustration and also because of the misunderstanding. I myself seen some friends in my class while I am in 9th standard who bunk the classes and I thought it’s a big crime to do. But instead of punishing him, the right approach is to find where the things were going wrong.
There are few films which will stand the test of the time. And I am sure this will be the one. Each and every person who passed the age of 13 can relate to this story. I don’t know whether any other film in world history would have captured the trauma of an adolescent boy this much perfectly. And I recommend this one strongly for everybody.
The 400 blows – A reality check.
The director of this film, Francois Truffaut is basically a film critic who was hugely unpopular among the French directors as he thrashed many of their films on the basis of lacking of substance and distinctive making style. Then he made this classic film in 1959.
He also directed the continuation of Antoine’s life in other 4 parts (Antoine and Colette, Stolen Kisses, Bed and Board and Love on the run) which spanned over 20 years.