Love on the Run (1979 film)

Love on the Run (French: L'amour en fuite) is a 1979 French comedy-drama film directed by François Truffaut, his fifth and final film about the character Antoine Doinel. Told in non-linear fashion, with frequent flashbacks to the four previous films, it stars Jean-Pierre Léaud, Claude Jade, Marie-France Pisier, Dorothée, and Dani. It was entered into the 29th Berlin International Film Festival.

Love on the Run
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Original film poster
Directed byFrançois Truffaut
Written byFrançois Truffaut
Marie-France Pisier
Jean Aurel
Suzanne Schiffman
Produced byMarcel Berbert
François Truffaut
StarringJean-Pierre Léaud
Claude Jade
Marie-France Pisier
CinematographyNéstor Almendros
Edited byMartine Barraqué-Curie
Music byGeorges Delerue
Les Films du Carrosse
Distributed byAMLF
Release date
  • 29 January 1979 (1979-01-29)
Running time
94 minutes
Box office437,522 admissions (France)[1]


After they kissed at the end of the previous film, Bed and Board, Antoine and his wife Christine were reconciled. But his affections keep wandering and, on a summer holiday, she finds him in bed with her friend Liliane. They divorce by mutual consent, sharing custody of their son Alphonse, and the autobiographical novel he has been writing for years is at last published.

In a phone booth he finds a torn-up photograph of Sabine, a pretty girl who looks quite like Christine, and decides to track her down. Eventually spotting her in a record shop, they start an affair. But, as with Christine, there are upsets and separations. At his work he is traced by Lucien, a lover of his mother, who takes him to her grave, which Antoine had never looked for.

At a railway station he sees Colette, his first love who is now an advocate travelling to a case, and jumps on her train. They talk over old times, as she has read his book, but she gets fed up at his lack of veracity and lack of any interest in her life. Back in Paris she goes to Sabine's apartment to return the photograph Antoine had shown her and dropped, and on the stairs meets Christine. The two discuss not just Antoine but their own lives and children, Colette's son having been killed in an accident and her husband having been divorced. Colette now hopes to form a couple with Xavier who, she is delighted to learn, is the brother of Sabine. Finally, Antoine is taken back by Sabine.


The film holds a rating of 67% on Rotten Tomatoes.[2]

The New York Times placed the film on its Best 1000 Movies Ever list.[3]



  1. ^ Box Office information for Francois Truffaut films at Box Office Story
  2. ^ "". Retrieved 2013-12-02.
  3. ^ The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made. The New York Times via Internet Archive. Published April 29, 2003. Retrieved June 12, 2008.
  4. ^ Allen, Don. Finally Truffaut. New York: Beaufort Books. 1985. ISBN 0-8253-0335-4. OCLC 12613514. pp. 237-238.

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