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Zero For Conduct
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ZERO FOR CONDUCT

Zéro de conduite

Directed by Jean Vigo
France, 1933
Short, Drama

Synopsis

In a repressive all-boys boarding school with rigid rules of behavior, students decide to rebel and set about turning the institution’s uptight rules on their head. Their revolt includes pranks, epic battles, and ill-advised schemes.

Synopsis

In a repressive all-boys boarding school with rigid rules of behavior, students decide to rebel and set about turning the institution’s uptight rules on their head. Their revolt includes pranks, epic battles, and ill-advised schemes.

Our take

An indelible influence on François Truffaut’s The 400 Blows, Jean Vigo’s youthful masterpiece transforms the sterile classroom into a battle cry of defiance against authoritarian dogmas. Banned in France until 1945, this anarchic ode to personal freedom endears with its insuppressible vitality.