ENTRE LES MURS
THE CLASS


DIRECTOR
Laurent Cantet

SCREENPLAY
François Bégaudeau

CAST
François: François Bégaudeau
Nassim: Nassim Amrabt
Laura: Laura Baquela
Cherif: Cherif Bounaïdja Rachedi
Juliette: Juliette Demaille
Dalla: Dalla Doucouré
Arthur: Arthur Fogel
Louise: Louise Grinberg
Qifei: Qifei Huang
Weï: Weï Huang
Souleymane: Franck Keïta

AWARDS
Palme d’Or, Cannes Films Festival (2008); Best Writing Adaptation, César Awards (2009); Best Foreign Film, Independent Spirit Awards (2009; Best Film, Lumière Awards (2009)

GENRE
Drama

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RUNNING TIME 128’
PRODUCTION France, 2008
RATING PG-13 (language)
GAUGE 35mm, DVD (color)




““The Class” might have been set in any classroom in the Western world, and I believe most teachers would recognize it. It is about the power struggle between a teacher who wants to do good and students who disagree about what "good" is. The film is so fair that neither side is seen as right, and both seem trapped by futility.”

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times


The winner of this year’s Palme d’Or at Cannes was Laurent Cantet’s unsparing, unsentimental film about a teacher and his students at a diverse Parisian junior high school. In an unusual example of art imitating life, the film was based on the best-selling book by real-life teacher François Bégaudeau, who also wrote the screenplay and stars in the movie as himself. Working with a cast of non-professional actors, Cantet filmed his “class” for over a year; the result is a hybrid documentary/narrative work that is wholly convincing. The Class is alive with spirited performances; viewers are also treated to a privileged perspective on discussions between teachers and parents, as well as among the teachers in their private meetings and amongst themselves. The Class raises deep, disturbing questions about the motives and prospects of its characters. As François attempts to teach the French language to his multi-ethnic students, many of whom hail from former colonized countries, he offers both the opportunity and the threat of modern cultural assimilation. No one is above reproach in this difficult and important new film, which is sure to spark spirited and thoughtful debate among viewers in post-film discussions.

 

 

 

 

 



 
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