You'll feel a chill when the physically bullied and oppressed Mick becomes an anarchist and says, "One man can change the world with a bullet in the right place."
I won't go on about the story and character. I'll let you experience it as I did. At the end, I'm sure you will be stunned at how intelligent screen satire in 1968 became actual American madness by 2000.
if.... is part of the Criterion Collection. What a brilliant film.
Anderson listed a short French film from 1933 as one of the top ten favorite movies. if... constantly shows that it was strongly inspired by Jean Vigo's Zero for Conduct (Zéro de Conduite). The Vigo film is about 40 minutes long. If you see if..., watch Zero for Conduct afterwards. The movie is wonderfully surreal and also quite mature. We see boys in a French school. There's brief nudity and one student shouts down a teacher's inappropriate advance. There's oppression, resistance, discipline and disorder.