Love at twenty

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German title Love at twenty
Original title L'Amour à vingt ans
Country of production France , Italy , Germany , Poland , Japan
original language French
Publishing year 1962
length (5 short films) a total of 120 minutes
Age rating FSK 16
Director Shintarô Ishihara
Marcel Ophüls
Renzo Rossellini
François Truffaut
Andrzej Wajda
script Marcel Ophüls
Shintarô Ishihara
Renzo Rossellini
Yvon Samuel
Jerzy Stefan Stawiński
François Truffaut
production Pierre Roustang
music Georges Delerue
Jerzy Matuszkiewicz
Tôru Takemitsu
camera Raoul Coutard
Jerzy Lipman
Mario Montuori
Shigeo Murata
Wolf Wirth
cut Claudine Bouché

Love at twenty (original title: L'Amour à vingt ans ) is a five-part episode film from 1962 by five international directors.


While Truffaut makes a contribution about the unrequited love of a 17-year-old, Rossellini's film is about a beautiful Italian girl who loses her lover to a rich older woman. The Japanese contribution traces the love of a young worker who does not have the courage to speak to the woman of his dreams. Marcel Ophüls, son of Max Ophüls, in turn stages the love of a single mother who finally finds the child's father again. Wajda, on the other hand, refers to the Second World War in the Polish contribution: A young girl takes an older man home who is traumatized by the war experience.

Antoine and Colette

The episode film achieved film historical significance primarily through François Truffaut's 20-minute contribution "Antoine et Colette". After his alter ego kissed Antoine Doinel in Sie and they beat him to the sea from an ignorant environment, he falls in love with the music student Colette ( Marie-France Pisier ), who rejects him. While going out with her boyfriend Albert, Antoine spends the evening with Colette's parents in front of the television.

In the actual sequel Robbery Kisses , Antoine falls in love again in 1968 with a music student, Christine Darbon ( Claude Jade ), whom he will marry in bed and table (1970). During a conversation between Antoine and Christine in bed, Colette is briefly discussed: “Did the girl from the Jeunesses Musicales also wear glasses” , asks Claude Jade when Jean-Pierre Léaud asks her to put on glasses (as a fetish ). In Stolen Kisses there is a short chance encounter on the street between Antoine and Colette, who is in the company of Albert (with whom she goes out with Antoine and Colette at the end ) and who is carrying a toddler.

In the last part of the Antoine Doinel cycle, Liebe auf der Flucht , the episode character Colette reappears out of love at twenty , reads Antoine's autobiographical novel and corrects the (fictional) past in conversations with Antoine and Christine. Truffaut uses sequences of love at twenty for flashbacks during conversations .


“One of the few international 'omnibus' films of the 1960s with an artistic format and an individual profile, conceived by Francois Truffaut,” wrote the Lexicon of International Films .


The film took part in the competition at the Berlinale in 1962 .

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Individual evidence

  1. Love at twenty. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed March 2, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used