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Film Review: ‘School of Babel’

16 December 2013 4:19 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Within the unwarranted glut of classroom documentaries in recent years, “School of Babel” will rise to the front ranks, avoiding gratuitous cuteness in favor of a more substantive focus on the struggles of international adolescents coping with the immigrant experience. Helmer Julie Bertuccelli (“Since Otar Left”) captures the uniqueness of a Parisian class whose students struggle with integration on top of French and other subjects, and while some may be wary of yet another schoolhouse treatment, this blackboard jungle focuses more on identity than on book smarts. An upcoming mid-March Francophone release could spin out to other territories.

The school of La Grange aux Belles in northern Paris has a program for immigrant children (many of whom have a hesitant grasp of French) that provides intense language lessons alongside the core curriculum so the kids can ultimately matriculate into regular classes. Teacher Brigitte Cervoni, demonstrating the perfect balance of encouraging warmth and unwavering academic expectations, »

- Jay Weissberg

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