6.3/10
303
4 user 6 critic

Bad Spelling (2004)

Les fautes d'orthographe (original title)
Being a student in a school where the headmaster is your father and the head supervisor your mother is no bed of roses. That's what Daniel Massu tells himself every day of his life. The ... See full summary »
Reviews
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

To Life (2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Helen, Rose and Lili have survived the Holocaust and have never seen each other since the war has ended. In 1960, they meet again in Berck, France. They learn to enjoy together simple ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Jacques Zilbermann
Stars: Julie Depardieu, Johanna ter Steege, Suzanne Clément
Comedy | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Klezmer musician Simon Eskanazy wrestles with his gay nature. His conservative, orthodox family, Parisian bankers, expects him to carry on the family name by marriage. However he's ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Jacques Zilbermann
Stars: Antoine de Caunes, Elsa Zylberstein, Gad Elmaleh
Comedy | Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A cold-war spy parody. After the death of an armaments manufacturer, an international group of spies is drawn into a high-stakes battle of wits to obtain the valuable military patents which... See full summary »

Director: Georges Lautner
Stars: Lino Ventura, Francis Blanche, Bernard Blier
He Is My Girl (2009)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A clarinetist is trying to finish his record when his wife and ten year old son reappear in his life.

Director: Jean-Jacques Zilbermann
Stars: Antoine de Caunes, Mehdi Dehbi, Elsa Zylberstein
Red Lights (2004)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Antoine and Helene drive to South France to return their kids from a holiday camp. The traffic is dense and the atmosphere growingly tense; he is an alcoholic and becomes increasingly drunk... See full summary »

Director: Cédric Kahn
Stars: Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Carole Bouquet, Vincent Deniard
Blanche (2002)
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.1/10 X  

In 17th century France, cardinal Mazarin's death squad kills young Blanche's parents. She grows up to become a thief and steels a substance called Powder of the Devil and a coded letter that were sent to cardinal Mazarin. He is furious.

Director: Bernie Bonvoisin
Stars: Lou Doillon, Roschdy Zem, Antoine de Caunes
Summer Things (2002)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Two couple of friends, one very rich the other almost homeless, decides to go on Holiday. Julie, a single mother, joins them too. Once at seaside, it starts a complicate love cross among ... See full summary »

Director: Michel Blanc
Stars: Charlotte Rampling, Jacques Dutronc, Carole Bouquet
Northeast (2005)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An accidental meeting between a French woman who goes to South America to adopt a baby and an Argentinian woman who with her small son leaves their hopeless village in search for a better life, changes both of their lives forever.

Director: Juan Solanas
Stars: Carole Bouquet, Aymará Rovera, Mercedes Sampietro
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Two dangerous convicts escape while transferring between jail houses and find refuge in the lovely little house of the charming Roze family. The situation brings everyone's instincts to the surface.

Director: Francis Palluau
Stars: Lorànt Deutsch, Jean Dujardin, Clémence Poésy
RRRrrrr!!! (2004)
Comedy | Crime | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

In 35,000 BC, the tribe of the Dirty Hairs is in war against the tribe of the Clean Hairs for eight hundred years, trying to get their shampoo. The chief of the Dirty Hairs sends his ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Chabat
Stars: Marina Foïs, Gérard Depardieu, Damien Jouillerot
Wasabi (2001)
Action | Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Hubert is a French policeman with very sharp methods. After being forced to take 2 months off by his boss, who doesn't share his view on working methods, he goes back to Japan, where he ... See full summary »

Director: Gérard Krawczyk
Stars: Jean Reno, Ryôko Hirosue, Michel Muller
Le mystère (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Director: Jean-Teddy Filippe
Stars: Marcel Miller, Carole Bouquet, Alexandra Lamy
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Damien Jouillerot ...
Daniel Massu - le fils du directeur et de la directrice des études
...
Geneviève Massu - la directrice des études
...
Pierre Massu - le directeur du collège
Raphaël Goldman ...
Richard Zygelman - l'ami de Daniel
Franc Bruneau ...
Jean-Claude Griset - l'élève anarchiste
Anthony Decadi ...
René Boury - le traître
Khalid Maadour ...
Marcel Marazelle
Arnaud Giovaninetti ...
Gianni Salvadori, le surveillant d'internat
...
Mercedes Suza-Lobo - la belle élève
Noémie Develay ...
Isabelle Cizar - l'élève indisciplinée
Stéphane Höhn ...
M. Monteil
Jean Lescot ...
M. Lévi, le prof de français
Bernard Charnacé ...
M. Brian - le prof d'anglais
Sylvie Huguel ...
Mme Beyer - la prof d'histoire
Victor Carril ...
Le premier jumeau Deloge
Edit

Storyline

Being a student in a school where the headmaster is your father and the head supervisor your mother is no bed of roses. That's what Daniel Massu tells himself every day of his life. The others believe he is his father's pet whereas the latter wants his son to sleep in the dormitory with the others, which he hates! And although Daniel claims he has swept the sexy Mercédès off her feet he is no ladies' man! To say nothing of his bad spelling, which regularly earns him appallingly low grades. But Damien, who has drive, does not let all those problems get him down. Written by Guy Bellinger

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

3 November 2004 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Bad Spelling  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The director shot the film in the middle school where he was a pupil himself. See more »

Soundtracks

Le drapeau noir flotte sur la marmite
Written by Georges Brassens
from the films of the same name by Michel Audiard
(1971)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Zero de Conduite
25 August 2007 | by See all my reviews

Bearing more than a distant resemblance to Jean Vigo's famous work's spirit,"les fautes d'Orthographe" is ,as far as directing is concerned ,MTV quality.The supervisor's long hair is an unlikelihood: at the time,all the supervisors were wearing a suit and a tie,French's honor!I know what I'm talking about.And as for the rebellious mind,it could happen,yes ,but before 1968,it was almost implausible.

But given it is a true story ,we've got to take that for granted,at least in the lousy boarding school the hero's parents are running.Olivier Gourmet is good,but Carole Bouquet ,cast against type,wearing glasses,is amazing as a mother hen .

The young hero is a hung-up kid,afraid of having a shower with his mates ,and hated by a lot of them because he is the headmaster's sonny.As he is not very cute ,not very strong and not very good at spelling ,the only way for him to avoid becoming a punching bag is to prove himself smarter than the pack.The "school fund" which he creates and which sells stolen products will be his lucky break:as food at school is not exactly mouth-watering,selling "La Vache qui Rit" (cheese spread)or "Chocorêves" (literally "Chocolate Dreams"),chocolates French pupils were fond of which are no longer produced gives the ugly duckling the prestige he was longing for.

The film includes two versions of "Donna Donna Donna" ,the first one in Yiddish (the hero's parents and his best friend are Jews)and the second one in French.The French words to this old folk song are different from the English one Joan Baez (notably) used to sing in the early sixties.The song talks about a boy who dreams of being a man ;when he grows up,he will regret the time when he was a child.That was perhaps what the director/writer wanted to tell us in the end.


3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Bad Spelling (2004) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?