The fourth installment in François Truffaut’s chronicle of the ardent, anachronistic Antoine Doinel, Bed and Board plunges his hapless creation once again into crisis. Expecting his first child and still struggling to find steady employment, Doinel involves himself in a relationship with a beautiful Japanese woman that threatens to destroy his marriage. Lightly comic, with a touch of the burlesque, Bed and Board is a bittersweet look at the travails of young married life and the fine line between adolescence and adulthood.
As he had for Stolen Kisses, Truffaut collaborated on the story and screenplay with Bernard Revon and Claude de Givray, and according to Carole Le Berre in François Truffaut at Work, they “left the dialogue in a certain number of scenes to the inspiration of the shoot, notably the marital scenes, whose content and direction were often outlined and left to be filled in.” In a 1986 interview, Revon said that the director “didn’t like things to be too premeditated,” and de Givray added that “there was also what the actors brought to the story.”
This film is part of our Modern Classics in November ‘Les Aventures d’Antoine Doinel’.