The Class (Entre les murs)

Rated PG-13 (MPAA) 128 min. 2008

Shot tight like a documentary, rarely straying outside the classroom, Laurent Cantet’s Oscar-nominated The Class straddles a fine line between reality and fiction. Former teacher François Bégaudeau, who also wrote the screenplay and the book upon which this fantastic film is based, plays François Marin, a jocular high school teacher in a working-class Parisian neighbourhood. His students, an overwhelming mix of ethnicities and childhood experiences, are non-actors as well, and it's real anger that spills over their lessons on verb conjugations. Hollywood films about inner-city schools generally fall prey to the Dangerous Minds’ teacher-as-saviour syndrome. But in one compelling scene when Marin probes into the life of a student whose behaviour has changed over the summer, there’s a quiet, mutual acknowledgment of their relationship’s inherent limitations.

Film Credits

Official Site: www.sonyclassics.com/theclass

Director: Laurent Cantet

Writer: François Bégaudeau

Producer: Caroline Benjo

Cast: François Bégaudeau, Nassim Amrabt, Laura Baquela, Cherif Bounaïdja Rachedi, Juliette Demaille, Dalla Doucouré, Arthur Fogel, Damien Gomes, Louise Grinberg and Qifei Huang

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