|Colette (Marie-France Pisier) Reading Antoine’s Autobiography|
It all comes full circle in the final Antoine Doinel film and then shoots off in the same direction like a car that went through a loop and then kept going along the track laid out for it. The film is composed of a collection of flashbacks that try to encapsulate who Antoine is and where he is going. It begins with the divorce from his wife Christine. Antoine has published his autobiography and he is seeing a woman named Sabine when Colette, whom he hasn’t seen since the early 1960’s, comes back into his life. It’s through conversations with her that we find out how Antoine’s marriage fell apart. It becomes obvious that Antoine hasn’t changed one bit since the second film. Turns out, neither have any of the Antoine’s women including his first “love” Colette.
There isn’t a whole lot to discuss because to do so would be to summarize all the previous films which the flashbacks do anyways. There isn’t anything particularly interesting about the way Truffaut puts the flashbacks together either. What makes it worth it is to watch Antoine deal with Colette who knows him while Antoine manages to bring another young women under his spell. And yet all the women who know Antoine seem to have a soft spot for him. At times it reminded me of another Truffaut film called The Man Who Loved Women.
Not worth your time without having seen all the previous films. If you have, then it provides a recommendable closure to a beloved character.