PREMIER DE LA CLASSE
(TOP OF THE CLASS)
by Stéphane Ben Lahcene
2019 | 82 min
Dramedy, family | France, Belgium | French (English subtitles) | 14 years of age and older
Abou, 14, is his father’s pride and joy. Unlike his three brothers, he’s ‘top of his class’. Well, that’s what he pretends to be. Actually, Abou is more the king of lies and rigged report cards! When the first parent-teacher conference comes up, he will stage the biggest lie of his life: hire fake teachers to meet his father, while his real teachers will meet his fake father. It should be easy... in theory!
Cinéfranco Jeunesse (Toronto, 2020)
Stéphane Ben Lahcene's first film clearly lacks neither energy nor ambition. While being quite humorous, it deals with many topics ranging from education to immigration and even burn-out. (...) Michèle Laroque is very convincing and even moving as an understanding teacher in a suburban school.
— Sens critique (translated from French)
An ingenious scenario idea, and situations which are not lacking in fun.
— Le Dauphiné Libéré (translated from French)