'The 400 blows' is directed by the great François Truffaut, an iconic name in French cinema. Not only has Truffaut had great success, Les 400 coups is one of the defining films of the nouvelle vague or French new wave. A semi-autobiographical account of his own adolescence, the teenage Antoine Doinel is considered a troublemaker by parents and his school, whose teacher constantly singles him out for criticism. His family is financially unstable, his mother is having an affair and after a series of mischievous escapades, Antoine is turned into the police as incorrigible by his step-father and sent to a juvenile detention centre. The film revolves around he and his friends' daily lives and seeks to denounce the injustices of the treatment of juvenile offenders in France in 1959. A cultural icon in French cinema, this is a must-see for any lover of French culture.