Class Trip (1998)
"La classe de neige" (original title)

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A schoolboy Nicholas always worries about something. When he goes on a school skiing trip, all his visions and nightmares take him over.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Clément van den Bergh ...
Lokman Nalcakan ...
François Roy ...
The Father
Yves Verhoeven ...
Miss Grimm
Tina Sportolaro ...
The Mother
The Visitor
Chantal Banlier ...
Marie Ange
Benoît Herlin ...
Julien Le Mouel ...
Tom Jacon ...
Nicolas' little brother
Loïc Pichon ...
Policeman #1
Thierry Redler ...
Policeman #2
Jean-Claude Frissung ...
Alain Payen ...
Policeman at accident


A schoolboy Nicholas always worries about something. When he goes on a school skiing trip, all his visions and nightmares take him over.

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Release Date:

23 September 1998 (France)  »

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Class Trip  »

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When Nicolas and his family are watching the television report of the bus crash, the announcer states that fifteen children are already dead. The camera shows well over fifteen body bags. See more »


Referenced in The Purified (2003) See more »


Written by Henri Texier
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The complexity of plot versus sub-plot
24 January 1999 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This is an investigation of the journey into puberty for the young Nicolas set in the clear, fresh surroundings of the French Alps. The casting is as well crafted as the direction, performances and music; as soon as we see him we know that Nicolas is a shy, sensitive boy and that such physical and psychological changes which happen at his time of life will have melancholy and confusing effect. This is portrayed finely.

The sub-plot, I believe, is the murder and its outcome, the conclusion of which sums up Nicolas's history.

Cinematographically, the effect is as cool and crisp as the alpine air itself as is the choice of music. We are led in to the mind of Nicolas through the music and the elegant flashback, nightmare and daydream sequences some of which verge on the intensity of the Hitchcock-Dali connection.

This is a film of opposites; the new-found friendship between the shy Nicolas and the class rebel and between both of these boys and the sympathetic teachers. We grow to know and like all of these characters.

Isn't it true that the character of a nation can be seen in its children. This could only be a French film; it is realist, humanist.

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