Cinema: Jail Bait

SUCH A GORGEOUS KID LIKE ME

Directed by FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT

Screenplay by JEAN-LOUP DABADIE and FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT

Light, whimsical, diverting on the surface, this sleek recreation by François Truffaut is deceptively sweet—like a fondant filled with vitriol. The gorgeous kid of the title is Camille Bliss (BernadetteLafont), another of the coyly annihilating heroines who have haunted Truffaut's work since the incomparable Jules and Jim (1961). These women tease men, taunt them, stalk them, until, as in The Mississippi Mermaid (1969), and as here, the men are so enmeshed in their own obsession that they...

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