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Graduate First (1978)

Passe ton bac d'abord... (original title)
A study of a group of young working class people in a French village, who are embarking upon adult life. The film follows the choices and decisions made for their futures.

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Sabine Haudepin ...
Élisabeth
Philippe Marlaud ...
Philippe
Annick Alane ...
La mère (as Annik Alane)
Michel Caron ...
Le père
Christian Bouillette ...
Le patron
Jean-François Adam ...
Le prof de philo
Bernard Tronczak ...
Bernard
Patrick Lepcynski ...
Patrick
Agnès Makowiak ...
Agnès
Charline Bourré ...
Charline
Patrick Playez ...
Rocky
Muriel Lacroix ...
Muriel
Frédérique Cerbonnet ...
Frédérique
Fabienne Neuville ...
La soeur d'Elisabeth
Aline Fayard ...
La femme du patron
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A study of a group of young working class people in a French village, who are embarking upon adult life. The film follows the choices and decisions made for their futures.

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29 August 1979 (France)  »

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Kids in Northern France
16 March 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Not a strong film by Pialat. I have seen a couple of great ones from him, but this one is just too disjointed, with too many characters demanding our attention to work well. Working class life, with its uncertainties and narrower horizons, was a specialty with Pialat. His treatment of Loulou's family a year later would be masterful, but these teenagers waiting to write the ''bac'' don't have enough individuality to interest me. They go on a trip to the seashore that looks promising but not much happens.

Philippe Marlaud and Sabine Haudepin play the principals and they are good (pity that Marlaud died at 22). There is a story line involving a married girl and the boy she really loves that is more interesting. The feeling of regret over lost opportunities is strong.


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