Truffaut has been gone for many years now, but it’s clear that Leaud still feels the loss of his friend and mentor.
‘For me, Francois Truffaut’s absence is something absolutely terrible,” he says as our interview draws to a close.
‘I’ve always had sentimental problems with women, so I’d call Francois to ask him what I should do. He said something wonderful to me. He said, ‘Listen, I know it’s not the same thing, but I’m always here.’ And now he’s not here anymore.”