I'm sure it was striking for its time
After some research into this film to see why it's considered a classic, I realized it was a highly autobiographical film of the director, and that it didn't follow the mold of other French dramas at the time. The movie doesn't have that large a plot to be honest, it's really just the descent of young Antoine, who just can't seem to get his young life together. I wondered to myself when the movie was going to kick it into high gear and earn the 4 star rating it had on my DVR...but it never did it for me. As I suggest, it was probably revolutionary at the time for its themes of rebellion and its sometimes harsh cursing, especially for a 50s movie, but it's just a pretty good movie IMO.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking