The 400 Blows (French: Les quatre cents coups) is a 1959 French drama film irected by Francois Truffaut and starring Jean-Pierre Leaud, Albert Remy, and Claire Maurier. One of the defining films of the French New Wave, it displays many of the characteristic traits of the movement. Written by Truffaut and Marcel Moussy, the film is about Antoine Doinel, a misunderstood adolescent in Paris who is thought by his parents and teachers to be a troublemaker. Filmed on location in Paris and Honfleur, The 400 Blows received numerous awards and nominations, including the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Director, the OCIC Award, and a Palme d'Or nomination in 1959. The film was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Writing in 1960. Les 400 coups, had a total of 3,642,981 admissions in France, making it Truffaut's most successful film in his home country.