“ SOME COMMENTS COULD BE CONSIDERED SPOILERSOnly François Truffaut could transmogrify a series of banal, almost humdrum, scenes from the lives of children in a small French town into an experience that gains in enjoyableness with each viewing.
“ And speaking of annoying, Charles Trenet, who once sang the immortal song "La Mer," delivers one of the most banal, trite movie songs ever written.
“ The toddler falling out the window unhurt makes the film even seem surreal, like a long patriarchal myth, an enjoyable one though, (for a change, no?
“ And it's something else, masterful, to make it so enjoyable.
“Worth watching if you like French films or coming of age stories.
“ I disagree with most critics when they say this movie has no plot.
“ Enjoyable slice of film about childhood .
“ The Real Skinny: A Boring, Unrealistic Film .
“ This is stunning cinema.
“ But an interesting coming of age vignettes combined with a view of 70's small town France.
“ If you read capsule plot summaries about this slow, meandering film, you might think it was about a teacher who helps an abused child.
“ It portrays the drama of childhood very realistically and accurately captures the workings of children's minds as they try to make sense of a world that seems tremendously confusing at times.
“ It's definitely worth watching again.
“ Instead of stressing the need for firmness, discipline or realistic goals in the raising of children, he delivers a hackneyed cliché from the school of progressive pedagogy - that children should have their own political representation!
“The film is a bit slow.
“ A minor but entertaining Truffaut .
“) I enjoyed it as a wonderful story, a chance to go to France for a couple of hours and "meet you at Mao".
“ It is a boring chose to watch it.