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The Class (2008)
"Entre les murs" (original title)

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Teacher and novelist François Bégaudeau plays a version of himself as he negotiates a year with his racially mixed students from a tough Parisian neighborhood.

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Cherif
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Damien
Esmeralda Ouertani ...
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Henriette
Juliette Demaille ...
Juliette
Justine Wu ...
Justine
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Teacher François Marin and his colleagues are preparing for another school year teaching at a racially mixed inner city high school in Paris. The teachers talk to each other about their prospective students, both the good and the bad. The teachers collectively want to inspire their students, but each teacher is an individual who will do things in his or her own way to achieve the results they desire. They also have differing viewpoints on the students themselves, and how best to praise and discipline them. The administration of the school tries to be as fair as possible, which includes having student representatives sit on the student evaluation committee. Marin's class this year of fourteen and fifteen year olds is no different than previous years, although the names and faces have changed. Marin tries to get through to his students, sometimes with success and sometimes resulting in utter failure. Even Marin has his breaking point, which may result in him doing things he would ... Written by Huggo

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£67,945 (UK) (13 March 2009)

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$3,766,595 (USA) (5 June 2009)
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The French title - Entre les murs - translated into English means "Between the Walls" (as in a classroom). See more »

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François Marin: I didn't asked you what you liked in the class, I want to know what did you learned from it.
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The Anti-Dead Poets Society
30 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An absolutely engrossing pseudo-documentary about a year in the life of a classroom in one of France's poorer, immigrant-dominated schools.

This is no inspirational teacher/student story on the order of "Stand and Deliver." Rather, this is a grunt's eye view of what it's like to make it through a day with kids who haven't been given the least bit of chance to excel or succeed. The teacher at the center of the film is no saint. His method is to maintain a constant state of intellectual dominance that comes across as arrogant and condescending, and at one critical juncture in the film that results in the expulsion of a problem student he's downright inappropriate. However, this film offers no easy solutions, and it's clear that he does enjoy a certain rapport with his students that the other teachers don't, despite his sometimes questionable approach. One senses that being nice and nurturing wouldn't get him very far anyway -- these particular students sense weakness and use it to their advantage.

A riveting film.

Grade: A+


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