Notte Prima Degli Esami (English: Night Before The Exams) is a 2006 italian comedy teen film, written and directed by Fausto Brizzi. It describes the life of a group of four Italian teenager during the preparation of the esame di maturità (the final exam of Italian high-school). It is set in 1989, and it can be seen as an homage to the whole decade.
The inspiration for the title was a famous 1980s song by Antonello Venditti.
A sequel, 'Notte Prima Degli Esami - Oggi' was released in 2007, and features the same core group of friends played by the same actors, but is set in 2006, during Italy's World Cup winning summer.
Luca Molinari, a high school student, insults his literature teacher, Antonio Martinelli, during his last day of school. Unfortunately, Luca doesn't know that Martinelli will be in the exam commission during the upcoming esame di maturità. The same evening, during a birthday party, Luca falls in love with Claudia, a beautiful and charming girl. Luca doesn't know that Claudia is Martinelli's daughter.
It's a colourful summer in the '80s, Luca (Nicolas Vaporidis) and his friends prepare for the dreaded maturità (high school graduation) exams, with all the troubles, emotions, mishaps and delights that typically afflict teenagers at this stressful time. At a party, Luca falls in love with an extroverted yet mysterious girl, Claudia (Cristiana Capotondi). He only knows her name and has no clue about her family... Meanwhile, Luca is desperately trying to get back in favour with his literature teacher (Giorgio Faletti), who will be the teacher sitting in on his oral exams...