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/10
486 Ratings

The Competition

Le concours

Directed by Claire Simon
France, 2016
Documentary

Synopsis

Through the admission process, the hard work all year and the graduation exams, this documentary will establish a portrait of our relationship to excellence in the Art world and of one of the most prestigious art school in France. A place of culture where generations intermingle.

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The Competition Directed by Claire Simon
Emphatically indebted to the hardcore vérité aesthetic of Frederick Wiseman, with no voiceover to explain anything or any captions to elucidate who’s who, this French documentary tracks the long process by which la Fémis, France’s most prestigious film school, winnows down thousands of applicants to just a lucky few.
September 14, 2017
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Observing both these entrance processes and the acceptance committee’s private discussions, Simon crafts a remarkably compelling portrait of the school from simple means; combining access and patient, direct observation of process in a manner that, for its straightness and lack of formal concern, has become unpopular of late.
June 22, 2017
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The extraordinary achievement of Claire Simon’s latest film relies on its ability to capture power at work… The Graduation is a potent film: it doesn’t exalt the role of institutions but exposes their limits, absurdity, and humanity. It allows audiences to witness how the invisible energy with which institutions infuse individuals travels from body to body, without belonging to anyone exclusively.
May 03, 2017

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