The Graduation (Le concours)

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Claire Simon's The Competition (Le Concours) begins, significantly, with the image of a locked gate - that of the Fondation Européenne pour les Métiers de l'Image et du Son, or, as it's more popularly known, La Fémis. One of the most prestigious film schools in the world, offering hands-on training from working professionals, every year La Fémis attracts hundreds upon hundreds of applicants hoping to fill only forty annual slots. This new film by Simon, one of France's premiere nonfiction filmmakers, offers a unique look into the process whereby those lucky forty are selected-a process involving examiners from the French film industry which is highly personal and idiosyncratic and subject to the vagaries of taste and personal prejudice.

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Critic Reviews for The Graduation (Le concours)

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (6)

  • I teach film, and this movie gave me some bracing lessons.

    Feb 21, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Though The Competition lacks critical distance, what it offers, in spades, is the engrossing experience of watching other people endure pressure and humiliation.

    Feb 20, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • The system that Simon analytically probes appears mainly to perpetuate itself.

    Feb 11, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Initially intriguing, but eventually wearisome.

    Sep 14, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • Simon has an insider's understanding of the process but films the endless debates between examiners with a cool detachment, seemingly taking no sides.

    Sep 14, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • An insightful film school chronicle that will appeal most to those in the know.

    Sep 1, 2016 | Full Review…

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