Zero for Conduct (Zero de Conduite)
Zero for Conduct (Zero de Conduite) (1933)

The shortest of French filmmaker Jean Vigo's two feature-length films, Zero for Conduct (Zero de Conduite) is also arguably his most influential. The overtly autobiographical plotline takes place at a painfully strict boys' boarding… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1933
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

From a modern perspective it seems delightful rather than revolutionary, dangerous and subversive.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

A wholly original creation, the film walks a narrow line between surrealist farce and social realism.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Pretty great, but also overwhelming: Vigo clearly had a good 80 or 90 minutes worth of movie that he had to fit into half the running time.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Vigo's anarchic, disorienting vision of life in a French boarding school.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's surreal and zany anarchistic slapstick, filmed as if Charlie Chaplin was a teacher in the dreaded suburban boys' boarding school.

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Emanuel Levy

One of the most haunting and influential films ever made about childhood, Vigo's feature protests rigid authority and celebrates anarchic revolution. This personal film influenced two other great works: Truffaut's 400 Blows and Lindsay Anderson's If.

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A.H. Weiler
New York Times

These amorphous scenes, strung together by a vague continuity may be art but they are also pretty chaotic.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

a funny, fantastical exaggeration of childhood exuberance and adult idiocy

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Compelling and influential, a fascinating film and essential viewing for film history enthusiasts.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
Boys at a French boarding school stage a revolt in this heavily anarchist, mildly surreal short (45 min.) feature. A playful but slow-moving curiosity, with a… More
Chris Browning
While some critics complain of Zero de Conduite being filmed chaotic, It's this sense of chaos that portrays the literal chaos in the film. One of the… More
Aj V
One of the oldest movies about rebellious youngsters. Other than that, it's not a fantastic movie.
Emily B.
Brilliant, wish it was a bit longer though. Oh yes, and without this there would be no "If..."
Pierluigi Puccini
A solemn and sincere poem to anarchy.