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Maurice Pialat and the New French Realism

Passe ton bac d’abord

Graduate First

Pialat’s tender and droll look at teenagers becoming adults in provincial France.

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France-Canada 1978
Dir Maurice Pialat
With Sabine Haudepin, Philippe Marlaud, Annick Alane
English subtitles

Made quickly and cheaply when another project fell through, this perceptive and generous look at how provincial teenagers cope with life after school is one of Pialat’s most intimate and fluent films. It was mostly made with non-actors chosen on location (the same mining town used in L’Enfance nue), and the script was constantly revised to follow the teens’ own stories and dreams.


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