Baptiste ‘Bebel’ Lavalle and his classmates in Versailles’ private high-school Louis XIV enjoy their careless life enough to deliberately fail the exams, a national record of zero graduating pupils. Permissive headmaster Léon Jumaucourt’s bitchy wife Lucie takes charge, determined to make them pass. She’s no match for Bebel’s tricks, despite cruel abuse, but the gang also annoys the public, including the dumb police commissioner. After a mix-up between their bomb-alert prop and a real terrorist group’s African embassy attack, Bebel’s bunch is condemned to pass their exams or go to jail, and the commissioner, charged with supervision, is in no mood to let them off easily. —IMDb
Claude Zidi (born July 25, 1934) is a French film director and screenwriter who is noted for his mainstream burlesque comedies. Born in Paris, he started as a cameraman and then cinematographer, and made his directorial and screenwriting debut in 1971. He won the César Award for Best Director for My New Partner, for which he was also nominated for Best Writing.
The director Claude Zidi began his film career as a cinematographer, later he became a director assistant. At the beginning of the 70’s he directed his first movie and especially at the beginning of his career he shot normally comedies. To his first movies belong “Les bidasses en folie” (71), “La moutarde me monte au nez” (74), “La course à l’échalote” (75) with Pierre Richard, “L’aile ou la cuisse” (76) with Louis de Funès, “L’animal” (77) with Jean-Paul Belmondo and “La Zizanie” (78) – again with Louis de Funès.
His comedies changed to a reflection of the society in the 80’s but always with a smile on the lips… read more