Charming, petulant, sinister and darkly funny, and that's just Malcolm McDowell. One of the greatest films ever fathomed in the distinctive public school setting. The film's satire boarders on the surreal giving proceedings a dreamy edge, but it's the conspiring pupils who grip If.... Seldom are their words to fault the film (having attended one of these institutions myself)and the climax is horrifyingly brilliant.
Lindsay Anderson parece rememorar lo que Jean Vigo en "Cero en conducta", solo que en clave satírica y ennegrecida. Es el rechazo a la burocracia inglesa de aquel entonces, a las normas sociales y educativas, respondiendo con transgresión, sin miedo y con identidad.
A great analogy -in extremis, perhaps- for how educational systems leave children alienated and ill-prepared for the scary outside world. Although "If..." is a work of fiction set in parochial, shabby England, the setting of real horrors such as Virginia Tech, Columbine and many other places now belong to the same world.