"Seventeen years after 'Clean Slate,' camera and filmmaker return to kindergarten. The great director's cynical humor has become more serious over the years. Laughter is accompanied by anger. The camera lens, like a third lens for his thick glasses, now focuses on a class of threatened kids barely one year after he filmed the inhabitants of a housing project on the outskirts of Paris. This transition is as logical as the one that led him from the veterans of Algeria to the trench operations of Conan, from Lulu's stubborn doubts in 'L.627' to the dumbfounded gaze of the inspector in the final scene of 'The Bait,' and from the indelible marks of military stupidity by the generals at Verdun to those in Indochina.
"I've had the immense luck to accompany Tavernier on all those voyages, all those films, struck both by the apparent eclecticism of his subjects and the implacable relevance of his task of documenting our century. Laughter is always there, warm and embracing, along with anger which may trouble us but keeps our minds alert."
(Frédéric Bourboulon, Producer)