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Ratings & Reviews

  1. Ariel Rowan's rating of the film Graduate First

    the girl on the horse was the best ! loved the cyclical ending

  2. Superfrog's rating of the film Graduate First

    A little long and dispersed. Was it really this easy to get laid in the 70s? The view on the pointlessness of life is interesting though. I love the other commenter who think they really have something better than that. Not sure what the libidinous philosophy teacher character adds to the mix...

  3. FISCHER's rating of the film Graduate First

    Une excellente réalisation / tranche de vie, proche de l'impitoyable documentaire, filmée avec une extrême lucidité par Maurice Pialat dont la sobriété et l'efficacité "démonstrative" sont ici fort bienvenues... www.cinefiches.com

  4. Victor Morosoff's rating of the film Graduate First

  5. kinotopia's rating of the film Graduate First

    Pialat captures sincerity and the human experience in a way that's to be cherished.

  6. Matthew Martens's rating of the film Graduate First

    The 1979 model of the Western-world teenager was the first one that, as a seven year-old city-to-suburb transplant just landed on Long Island, I ever really noticed--which is to say, desperately wanted to BE. My babysitters and my friends' older siblings all looked just about exactly like Pialat's blank, bruised, beautiful ditherers, depicted here with pith, pity and generosity. Every generation is lost, oh la la.

  7. Christopher McQuain's rating of the film Graduate First

  8. El Biffo's rating of the film Graduate First

    Pialat really understood teenagers.

  9. TZUHSIEN TANG's rating of the film Graduate First

  10. Francisco R.'s rating of the film Graduate First

    Even if the events seem minor, Pialat always treats us as social beings willing to inquire, read between the lines and ultimately interact with the characters onscreen in order to follow the narration. Don't expect the man to feed you on a silver platter. Also, here are some of Pialat's funniest sequences.

  11. Gylfi's rating of the film Graduate First

    Pialat's wonderful L'Enfance nue was about a difficult childhood and the lack of security, the sadness and bitterness experienced by it's main character, a young boy who has been abandoned by his mother. This time Pialat turns to that fragile and very complicated period of late teens/early adulthood and all the uncertainties, challenges and excitements that follow. It's a truly gifted director who's at work here!

  12. http://letterboxd.com/James_'s rating of the film Graduate First

    "High Windows" translated to cinema. Somewhat of a precursor to the perilous maneuverings of Police, Pialat's youths lie and fuck and squander one another. They're all going down the long slide like free bloody birds [to happiness], and it's all just as familiar and out of reach as in Larkin's poem. Pialat has a go at those damn kids, but somewhere along the way the fist-shaking gets aimed at the deep blue air…

  13. _OOO_'s rating of the film Graduate First

  14. Chuck Williamson's rating of the film Graduate First

    Trenchant and quietly observational. A mosaic of interstitial moments suffused with fatalistic dread and dead-end despair. Only Pialat could've mined such rich veins of pathos from the banal, the boring, the uneventful.

  15. KiNo's rating of the film Graduate First

    What’s depressing about this film is that there are millions of people who live like that, a purpose simply bypasses their existence. Well captured by the master.