Despite a scrappy structure and scatty content - and years of subsequent derivatives dimming its original charge somewhat - this remains often startling in tone and texture (the slow motion revolutionary parade is poetic). The playfully sceptical view of norms and established institutionalism has a bumptious joie de vivre.
An exuberant, playful, rebellious little film about the anarchic spirit of youth. I laughed out loud several times. It's bold, it's non-conformist, and it's a joy to watch. The pillow fight scene is beautiful. These kids (and Vigo) are waving their middle fingers at the establishment and status quo, and you can't help but love them for it.
This is a charming, delightful and important film that every movie buff should watch at least once in there life! This is an incredibly influential film that takes a lot of risks. You can see traces of this film in everyone from Francois Truffaut to Steven Spielberg! Zero For Conduct's experimental use of slow motion, trick photography and animation is astounding. This film is a cinematic landmark!
Oppressive boarding school context, anarchic pupils rebelling against the system and groundbreaking effects (slow-motion action shots, music played backwards). What's not to love? Vigo's 'L'Atalante' may be his magnum opus, but 'Zero de Conduite' is a riotous mini-masterpiece.
This was the Jean Vigo I was hoping for. You can really see the influence on so many films, from If.... to The 400 Blows. Full of whimsy and fun. The film doesn't condemn the children's actions, instead taking part and embracing the freewheeling reckless spirit of childhood.
This was dreadful. The absence of any character development or meaningful dialogue, the atrocious sound (even on the Criterion), the incohesive editing, the lack of an engaging story... It didn't seem like a film at all, but rather like a collection of outtakes selected from a disc's bonus menu and played out in one piece. I really wanted to like this, but almost fell asleep twice.