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Graduate First (1978)

Passe ton bac d'abord... (original title)
TV-14 | | Drama, Romance | 29 August 1979 (France)
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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Maurice Pialat

Writer:

Maurice Pialat
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sabine Haudepin Sabine Haudepin ... Élisabeth
Philippe Marlaud ... Philippe
Annick Alane Annick Alane ... La mère (as Annik Alane)
Michel Caron Michel Caron ... Le père
Christian Bouillette Christian Bouillette ... Le patron
Jean-François Adam Jean-François Adam ... Le prof de philo
Bernard Tronczak Bernard Tronczak ... Bernard
Patrick Lepcynski Patrick Lepcynski ... Patrick
Agnès Makowiak Agnès Makowiak ... Agnès
Charline Bourré Charline Bourré ... Charline
Patrick Playez Patrick Playez ... Rocky
Muriel Lacroix Muriel Lacroix ... Muriel
Frédérique Cerbonnet Frédérique Cerbonnet ... Frédérique
Fabienne Neuville Fabienne Neuville ... La soeur d'Elisabeth
Aline Fayard 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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Drama | Romance

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Language:

French

Release Date:

29 August 1979 (France) See more »

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Antes Passe no Vestibular See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Quite the surprise
3 December 2012 | by Gloede_The_SaintSee all my reviews

Being one of the more overlooked and forgotten Pialats this took me quite off guard. This seems to be the point where Pialat really changed his style. This is actually quite warm, even though we're still, at least in parts, the objective observer. We follow the lives of a group of young friends in their final year of high school, who drift about, make out, have sex, get married, get low paying jobs, etc.

The first half really felt like a more low down contemporary French version of American Graffity only without the cars. It has quite a bit of charm, and the characters are quite the personalities. Slightly lost it's drive towards the middle, when they went on vacation, and the tension with parents, etc. was rather left behind, but it went strong till the end - though I must admit I was slightly disappointed by the final reveal. Anyhow, pretty spectacular stuff. And very unexpected coming from Pialat. 8.5/10.


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