Love on the Run (L'Amour en fuite) (1979)

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Released 18-Nov-2004

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Drama Main Menu Audio
Filmographies-Crew-François Truffaut
Theatrical Trailer-L'Amour en fuite
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 1979
Running Time 91:12
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By François Truffaut
Les Films du Carross
Umbrella Entertainment
Starring Jean-Pierre Léaud
Marie-France Pisier
Claude Jade
Daniel Mesguich
Julien Bertheau
Jean-Pierre Ducos
Marie Henriau
Rosy Varte
Pierre Dios
Alain Ollivier
Julien Dubois
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI $28.95 Music Georges Delerue
Laurent Voulzy

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None French Dolby Digital 2.0 mono (256Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.66:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.66:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

L'Amour en fuite is the fifth and final film in the Doinel saga and to end the series Truffaut decided to return to his beloved semi-autobiographical character’s origins and the women he loved and lost in his life. L'Amour en fuite explores Antoine Doinel’s (Jean-Pierre Léaud) relationship with his mother (Claire Maurier), his first love Colette (Marie-France Pisier), his wife Christine (Claude Jade) and his new love Sabine (Dorothée). The film is a perfect bookend to Truffaut’s series which began with the acclaimed Les Quatre Cents Coups, as the character looks to his past, to consider his future.

While their marriage initially survived Antoine’s infidelity - the couple some years later reunite to divorce. Their divorce happens to be France’s first no-fault dissolution and as they answer questions from the press outside the courthouse, Collette, who is now a Judge, recognises Antoine from her youth.

"Always running. Hasn't changed a bit!" - Colette (Marie-France Pisier).

We learn Doinel is now a proof-reader and the novel he was writing about his life in Domicile Conjugal, was published two years ago. Collette with her knew found interest in Antoine decides to read his autobiography (entitled Love and Other Troubles), as she travels to the town of Draguignan, in Provence to discuss a case.

By coincidence Antoine is also at the station accompanying his son pre-teen son Alphonse (Julien Dubois) before he leaves to attend a school trip. Antoine and Colette briefly see each other just before she departs and unbeknownst to her Antoine instinctively boards the train.

As Colette flips through Antoine’s book, Truffaut recalls scenes from the previous films in the series - by using this narrative device Truffaut allows the audience to see which events shaped the character’s future existences.

The film is constructed around Antoine confronting his past – Antoine will meet Monsieur Lucien (Julien Bertheau), his mother’s last lover, he will meet Liliane (Dani) his ex-wife’s Christine’s new friend, Christine and Colette will also meet and at the center of it all is Antoine’s girlfriend Sabine, who Antoine is trying to make amends with.

The relationships, experiences and the journey of Antoine Doinel’s life are rediscovered with love and admiration in L'Amour en fuite, as Truffaut and the audience bid the much-loved character farewell.

A perfect end to a perfect series.

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Transfer Quality


The Region 4 Umbrella release has the same transfer as the Region 2 (France) Mk2 release of L'Amour en fuite.

The transfer unfortunately features mild telecine wobble, noise reduction and assorted film artefacts.

L'Amour en fuite is largely composed of flashback scenes taken from the previous films in the Doinel cycle (appearing both in colour and black and white). In terms of film grain and sharpness these scenes do not fair as well as the scenes which were filmed specifically for L'Amour en fuite.

L'Amour en fuite is presented in the 16x9 enhanced aspect ratio of 1.66:1.

The film has been encoded over a single layer disc at the average bitrate of 6.71 Mb/s. There are twenty-four chapter selections.

There are no direct issues of MPEG compression artefacts; however edge enhancement, chroma noise and noise reduction artefacts are evident in most scenes.

The colour palette and the skin tones appear slightly saturated due to the chroma noise and noise reduction artefacts.

Sharpness and black levels are average due to the softness of the transfer (for example 16:43).

The assorted positive and negative film artefacts and film grain were expected due to the age of the film print, but they do not distract from viewing of the film.

The optional English subtitles are not literally accurate and while there were some grammar errors evident, overall the subtitles do give a good generalisation of the French dialogue. The subtitles appear in a thin yellow text and automatically appear when the film is selected.

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Like the picture quality the French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono soundtrack is standard.

There was evident hiss in some scenes but this possibly due to how the dialogue was recorded, however the dialogue remains clear and audible.

The soundtrack makes limited use of surround sound.

George Delerue’s soundtrack is atmospheric, light and expressive and works well with the comedic and dramatic aspects of the film.

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Main Menu Audio

The main menu is a static image of the cover-art with the following options; play feature, twenty-four scene selections and access to extras. There is no set-up menu but the subtitles can be turned off if desired. The menu is accompanied with an excerpt of the title song by Alain Souchon.


An extensive Truffaut filmography listing the works of the director from 1957 to 1983 in backwards chronological order.

Original Theatrical Trailer (2:33)

16x9 enhanced with permanent English subtitles.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

The Criterion Collection has the best release of L'Amour en fuite.

The title is available exclusively in The Adventures of Antoine Doinel 5-Disc Boxset.

The Criterion Edition of L'Amour en fuite features the following specifications and special features: