Graduate First

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Graduate First
Directed by Maurice Pialat
Written by Maurice Pialat
Starring Sabine Haudepin
Cinematography Pierre-William Glenn
Jean-Paul Janssen
Edited by Sophie Coussein
Martine Giordano
Arlette Langmann
Release date
  • 14 September 1978 (1978-09-14)
Running time
86 minutes
Country France
Language French

Graduate First (French: Passe ton bac d'abord) is a 1978 French drama film directed by Maurice Pialat and starring Sabine Haudepin.[1] The film is set in the north of France, in Lens, in a region profoundly affected by unemployment - the students, from modest backgrounds, try to forget their fears of what tomorrow will bring.

The film is an "unsparing portrait of teenage life in the French suburbs [that] sees a group of schoolfriends adrift at the end of the 1970s. There's drama, violence, and pot-induced laughs, group holidays, indiscriminate sex, advances from teachers twenty-five years their seniors, attempted moves to Paris - and few prospects of passing the Baccalauréat, the final set of exams French students take before embarking into the do what? Marking the last work of Pialat's turbulent cycle of 1970s films, this is the sequel to the filmmaker's feature debut L'Enfance Nue (1969) - picked up again from a vantage point ten years on from the lives of the earlier film's protagonists." [2]



  1. ^ "New York Times: Graduate First". NY Times. Retrieved 25 July 2008. 
  2. ^ Moviemail Monthly Film Catalogue September 2009

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