Bed and Board

I always thought the title of this movie was ‘Bed and Bored’. Bored seemed to make more sense than board. Check it out and see what you think.

Bed and Board is part of the continuing story of Antoine Doinel, the very charismatic hero of several of Francois Truffaut’s films. Starting with the 400 Blows and ending with Love on the Run, Truffaut follows Doinel over about twenty years of his life. Bed and Board is my favourite part of the series. It’s cute, achingly naive and superbly acted. Only see it with sub-titles, of course. This rule is for any foreign film that is mentioned here.

The movie stars Jean-Pierre Léaud and Claude Jade as husband and wife. The story unfolds very slowly, part of the discovered narrative style that is evident in many European films. A discovered narrative is simply a movie in which the plot evolves over time, sometimes not until halfway through the film. Unlike the in-your-face American style of film, made for less cultured audiences, these movies seem initially slow moving, perhaps even a bit boring. In this particular movie, Léaud keeps things moving, constantly begging the audience to look at him while he goes about his tasks as a flower seller. Basically, just sit and watch and the story or plot will become evident. Don’t expect car chases and lost microfilm, however. These films are all about life and love, sometimes even the pursuit of happiness. As a shining example of classic European cinema, Bed and Board stands up to scrutiny, even forty years after its release.

Claude Jade is very easy to look at and her interaction with Léaud is quite unique in film. It’s almost as if they are a real couple, The bedroom scenes are very amusing and quite touching. Everyone in this film is very good, as a matter of fact. Different themes run through the story and Truffaut uses repetition to amuse his audience.

The story isn’t going to be explained here, look up the wiki if you want to know about it. Basically, you should rent it or catch it on Netflix. Any film that I review is guaranteed to be thought provoking and well made. You can use this site as a resource for those times when you can’t seem to find anything to watch.

As always, thanks for reading!

Star Dressed in Kimono with Sticks in Hair
Claude Jade looks for revenge!

 

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