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Laramie Movie Scope:
Antoine and Colette

In the palm of her hand a piece of his heart

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by Patrick Ivers, Film Critic
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(1962, b/w; French) Here, take my hand, then have my heart. Director/writer François Truffaut's contribution to Love at Twenty (L'amour à vingt ans), a compilation of short films from a number of international directors.

In Paris living alone in a hotel room, Antoine Doinel (Jean Pierre Leaud), having been released from juvenile detention at 17, on parole, goes to work for the Philips Record Company. Music being one of his passions, he and his friend Rene attend performances of the Youth Concert series, where he takes a fascination with a girl, Colette (Marie-France Pisier).

During the following eight days he briefly encounters her (a student) three more times, telling Rene, who reciprocates with his developing interest in his cousin (depending on how she will look after she cuts her long hair short). Preliminaries are over, instructs Rene: Time to strike.

After making acquaintance with Colette's parents (her mother and stepfather), who find him charming and frequently invite him over for dinner, Antoine changes his residence to a hotel room across the street from her parents' flat, though his courtship has resulted in nothing more than friendship. Often absent when he calls on her, Colette enjoys the company of her friends or gives an excuse of having homework.

Rene shares his cousin's love letter, covered with lipstick kisses; in the cinema, giving her a gift of the first vinyl recording he'd pressed by himself, Colette rebuffs Antoine's escalating romantic advances.

Complaining to her of her hot and cold treatment of him, her leading him on, he reluctantly accepts another offer to spend an evening at her parents during which Albert drops by to escort Colette out while Antoine remains, watching television with her folks.

In the palm of her hand a piece of his heart ...

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