The tragedy in this film is that Su and Chow's growing sentiments for each other are never communicated. Each waiting for some sort of permission, which never comes.
Set in a time when interracial marriages were heavily frowned upon, James and Marilyn Lee and their 3 children Nathan (oldest), Lydia, and Hannah (youngest) are social outcasts in a small town near Virginia.
by Ines Makuza
Escapism is a poignant motif in the film and it becomes heavier with the boy's many attempts to run away from home. There is a restless spirit in Doinel that makes him intolerant to a life of conformity.