Maurice Pialat examines the seemingly dead-end future of a number of young French teenagers living in a northern mining town, in his social-realist drama PASSE TON BAC D'ABORD. A group of friends, coming to the end of their school years, fill their days with sex, drugs and rock'n'roll. Some lapse into debauchery, others enter into loveless marriages. A few even stay the course and get their diplomas, only to find their prospects are not much improved. Pialat's vision may appear grim, but his portrait of suburban youth is haunting in its authenticity. Following on from his 1970s cycle of turbulant dramas--notably L'ENFANCE-NUE (1967)--the film is a very worthy addition to any Pialat-fan's collection.
Interview with Arlette Langmann and Patrick Grandperret (2003), APRES LE BAC (2003): Documentary feature by Serge Toubiana and Sonia Buchman, Original Trailer for PASSE TON BAC D'ABORD, Maurice Pialat Trailers, Booklet
Release Date: 24 August 2009
Certificate: 15 - Suitable for Persons Aged 15 or Over
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 81 minutes
Production Year: 1979
Main Language: English\French