Bed & Board (1970)

GP   |    |  Comedy, Drama

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Antoine Doinel works dying flowers in the courtyard outside his apartment. He is married to Christine, who is pregnant. He has an affair with a Japanese woman, jeopardising his marriage.




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  • Jacques Jouanneau and Pierre Maguelon in Bed & Board (1970)
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  • Bed & Board (1970)
  • Claude Jade and Jean-Pierre Léaud in Bed & Board (1970)

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20 January 1999 | mikenoel
A one-man creation
This is the fourth and penultimate film in Truffaut's semi-autobiographical series about the life of Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud). The movie depicts Doinel in the early years of marriage to his childhood sweetheart Christine Darbon (Claude Jade). The picture begins showing Antoine trying to scrape a living selling dyed flowers in the busy Parisian courtyard while his wife teaches violin in the apartment above. If this film was a novel you could rip half the pages out to represent the amount of storyline in the picture. But this does not take away anything from this piece of cinematic magic. Truffauts use of the camera and soundtrack is as usual the making of the film.It is obvious that this film is a one-man creation. How many filmmakers could you say that of today? The balance of characters, incidents and minute side glance at daily living restores your faith that art and craftmanship is making a tender comment on life can make a deep one too. The couple soon become parents and Antoine lands, by pure chance, an unprestigious job in a prestigious American construction company. But Domestic bliss soon tires our hero and he is tempted to the bed of a statuesque Japenese girl. The story is told with Truffauts usual wit and charm and filled with affectionate homages to filmmakers from Jean Renoir to Jaques Tati.

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Release Date:

9 September 1970



Country of Origin

France, Italy

Filming Locations

Paris, France

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,206 25 April 1999

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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