The Graduation (Le concours) Reviews

May 10, 2019
...of inherent interest to those who follow global film, because France is a major player in the film world, and la Fémis is a major player in the French film industry.
February 24, 2019
...watching titans of the French film upper class dissect young men and women through brief interviews and a series of strange tests is fascinating and incredibly provocative.
February 22, 2019
A look into a world where a genuine cinephilia, obsessed with the possibilities and pasts of film and not just whatever "content" Netflix uploaded in the past week, acts as a motivator and guiding force, which so often leads to rejection.
February 21, 2019
Claire Simon knows that the best way to capture the anxiousness of a moment is to leave it unembellished.
February 21, 2019
I teach film, and this movie gave me some bracing lessons.
February 20, 2019
Though The Competition lacks critical distance, what it offers, in spades, is the engrossing experience of watching other people endure pressure and humiliation.
February 11, 2019
The system that Simon analytically probes appears mainly to perpetuate itself.
October 27, 2017
Anyone familiar with competition shows recognizes the format, but The Graduation hints at troubling questions concerning precisely how we determine what makes great art.
September 17, 2017
Simon's fly-on-the-wall mode is a distancing tool, but shouldn't be confused with ambivalence.
September 15, 2017
... The Graduation is fascinating, gripping even.
September 14, 2017
Initially intriguing, but eventually wearisome.
September 14, 2017
Simon has an insider's understanding of the process but films the endless debates between examiners with a cool detachment, seemingly taking no sides.
November 16, 2016
A sloppily edited, horribly paced, and shockingly amateurish mess.
September 1, 2016
An insightful film school chronicle that will appeal most to those in the know.