A brilliant depiction of the real-life diaries of a 19th-century physician (played by François Truffaut) who attempts to educate and civilize a young boy found living in the wilderness without comprehension of human life.
“It has a miraculous kind of balance: between freedom and control, originality and homage, the discovery of new experience and the contemplation of the past . . . Truffaut gives us an image of himself as both master and student, the image that contains all we need to know of him.” —The New Yorker