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The Class -- 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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Director:
Writers:
Laurent Cantet (scenario) and
Robin Campillo (scenario) ...
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Release Date:
24 September 2008 (France) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 11 wins & 21 nominations See more »
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(212 articles)
User Reviews:
a great naturalistic film and a gem of inside-the-classroom drama See more (83 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

François Bégaudeau ... François Marin
Agame Malembo-Emene ... Agame
Angélica Sancio ... Angélica
Arthur Fogel ... Arthur
Boubacar Toure ... Boubacar
Burak Özyilmaz ... Burak
Carl Nanor ... Carl
Cherif Bounaïdja Rachedi ... Cherif
Dalla Doucoure ... Dalla
Damien Gomes ... Damien
Esmeralda Ouertani ... Esmeralda
Eva Paradiso ... Eva
Henriette Kasaruhanda ... Henriette
Juliette Demaille ... Juliette
Justine Wu ... Justine
Rachel Regulier ... Khoumba
Laura Baquela ... Laura
Louise Grinberg ... Louise
Lucie Landrevie ... Lucie
Nassim Amrabt ... Nassim
Qifei Huang ... Qifei
Rabah Nait Oufella ... Rabah
Samantha Soupirot ... Samantha
Franck Keïta ... Souleymane
Wei Huang ... Wei
Anne Wallimann-Charpentier ... Les Profs - Anne
Cécile Lagarde ... Les Profs - Cécile
Frédéric Faujas ... Les Profs - Fred
Vincent Robert ... Les Profs - Hervé
Olivier Dupeyron ... Les Profs - Olivier
Patrick Dueruil ... Les Profs - Patrick
Dorothée Guilbot ... Les Profs - Rachel
Anne Langlois ... Les Profs - Sophie
Vincent Gaire ... Les Profs - Vincent
Yvette Mournetas ... Les Profs - Yvette
Julie Athenol ... La CPE
Jean-Michel Simonet ... Le principal
Olivier Pasquier ... L'intendant
Stéphane Longour ... Les surveillants
Abdoul Drahamane Sissoko ... Les surveillants
Aline Zimierski ... La cantiniére
Silma Aktar ... Les femmes de ménage
Marie-Annette Sorrente ... Les femmes de ménage
Gilles Gourmelen
Frédérique Alles
Isabelle Lamrani
Marianne Auzary
Stéphane Leyvigne
Gaelle Bantegnie
Isabelle Mesplede
Valérie Benguigui
Gokmen Nalcakan
Jean-François Chauvet
Farida Ouchani
Christiane Dancie
Mario Fanfani
Fatoumata Kanteé ... La mère de Souleymane
Cheick Baba Doumbia ... Le frère de Souleymane
Lingfen Huang ... La mère de Wei
Wenlong Huang ... Le père de Wei
Khalid Amrabt ... Le père de Nassim
Adeline Fogel ... La mère d'Arthur
Sezer Özyilmaz ... La mère de Burak

Directed by
Laurent Cantet 
 
Writing credits
Laurent Cantet (scenario) and
Robin Campillo (scenario) and
François Bégaudeau (scenario)

François Bégaudeau (inspired by the book)

Produced by
Simon Arnal .... producer
Caroline Benjo .... producer
Barbara Letellier .... producer
Carole Scotta .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Pierre Milon 
 
Film Editing by
Robin Campillo 
Stephanie Leger 
 
Costume Design by
Elisabeth Joinet  (as Bebeth Joinet)
Marie Le Garrec 
 
Production Management
Christina Crassaris .... post-production supervisor
Michel Dubois .... production manager
Marc Dumontet .... assistant production manager
Jean-Marie Laurens .... assistant unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mathieu Danielo .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Sabine Barthélémy .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Antoine Baudouin .... assistant sound editor
Edouard d'Heucqueville .... sound mix technician
Jean-Pierre Laforce .... sound re-recording mixer
Olivier Mauvezin .... sound
Antoine Mercier .... sound
Agnes Ravez .... sound editor
Paulin Sagna .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Samuel Boulitreau .... electrician
Vincent Buron .... camera operator
Arthur Chassaing .... camera operator
Julie Conte .... camera operator
Jean-Marc Dupuy .... key grip
Aurélien Gerbault .... electrician
Cyril Herry .... electrician
Romain Kelfa .... camera operator
Georgi Lazarevski .... camera operator
Catherine Pujol .... camera operator
 
Casting Department
Vicky Brougiannaki .... extras casting assistant
Christine Campion .... extras casting
 
Editorial Department
Sophie Denize .... digital intermediate producer
Florian Du Pasquier .... conforming editor
Etienne Grandou .... digital intermediate manager
Le Guen Jean-Baptiste .... digital film supervisor
Jacky Lefresne .... colorist
 
Other crew
Vincent Caire .... acting coach: to children
Aurelio Cardenas .... assistant director
Isabelle Coursin .... location manager
Mathieu Danielo .... assistant to director
Nathalie Depose .... location manager
Michel Dubois .... assistant to director
Annie Girault .... production administrator
Stéphane Longour .... acting coach: to children
Olivier Pasquier .... financial director
Myriam Raynaud .... production assistant
Sambou Sissoko .... assistant to director
Brigitte Tijou .... assistant to director
Brigitte Tijou .... script supervisor
Stéphanie Tournerie .... production administrator
 
Thanks
Gilles Marchand .... thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Entre les murs" - France (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for language
Runtime:
Argentina:128 min | France:128 min | USA:128 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS (US prints)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
France's official submission for the 2008 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.See more »
Quotes:
François Marin:I didn't asked you what you liked in the class, I want to know what did you learned from it.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Hellraiser (1987)See more »

FAQ

Is "The Class" based on a book?
What did the teacher mean when he used the word "skank"?
Is the movie based on a true story?
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33 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
a great naturalistic film and a gem of inside-the-classroom drama, 21 March 2009
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Whether you respond positively or negatively to The Class, it's hard to argue that it is authentic to a very great degree. This isn't some Hollywood pablum starring Sam Jackson or Hilary Swank or even Dangerous Minds. This is taken- and starring- from the horse's mouth, a teacher who taught in the more multi-ethnic areas of Paris and via Cantet's direction, and it involved me like few films about the educational system ever have. No little drama involving the students, or rather crucial for that matter, lack any significance for the audience because from the moment we enter the classroom with Mr. Marin the camera keeps an eye on the details. Nothing is left out that might make anyone, teacher or the variety of student, look less than human. No one comes out at the end of The Class looking like they've reached the top of the world, and no one's a real hero or villain. At worst (and it's a sad but very true little moment), one kid says simply to Mr. Marin at the end of the last class that nothing was really retained from the past nine months.

After seeing The Class it brought back so many memories of school; like the 400 Blows the Class reminds us how absolutely rotten it is to be a 13 to 15 year old school-kid, but unlike Truffaut's film this is about an institution and its functions right in the heart of the matter. The teacher in The Class, real life teacher François Bégaudeau, casts such a convincing portrait because he doesn't have to really "act" or try to pretend he's a great teacher. He just is. He cares about all of his students deeply, but he's also firm when he needs to and knows, for the most part, how to reach them without going too far or coddling. It's a fine line he needs to walk since the class, made up of an ethnic melting pot as the saying goes, is smart and intelligent, and at its best we see this class participating and really in the grip of stirring conversation, even when it's about something that Mr. Marin has to handle with tact like when a student asks bluntly if he's homosexual, or when he has to deal with a young black girl who is slagging in participating in class.

It's the kind of naturalistic film-making that works because it's a synergy of the personal, of what is very well known and felt and learned about this world, and how to observe it. Some might say it's a "talking heads" movie with a pretty basic style, but the direction is wise by never getting in the way. Seeing these kids faces, and seeing the dynamic of conversations go on behind the closed doors of the faculty (some of these conversations, sometimes heated or just intense, are amazing not because of conventional dramatic power of one-side-versus-another but because of the thought put into these people, how tough decisions have to be made under certain circumstances).

It's strongest as a character piece, but also as a minor revelation into the bittersweet lot of teaching in an area like the 3/4 in Paris. There's a student who is troublesome, doesn't do work, is disruptive, but Marin wants to try and reach him. Another complication occurs due to a blow-up against a couple of chatty girls who were the "class reps" at a faculty meeting, and it sets a small chain of events that emphasizes chiefly how untenable the situation is and at the same time why it shouldn't be. This most major chunk of the film, about the student's possible expulsion, is one thing that makes The Class become even more absorbing than before, but it should be pointed out that from scene to scene nothing is left to chance. The cinema verite approach makes things move emotionally but unsentimentally; nothing is left for us to see these characters as what they are, which makes it so rewarding and heartbreaking when "things" happen as they do in movies. At one point something seemingly minor is revealed- a Chinese student, learning French little by little, may lose her mother to deportation. Not minor, it's all apart of another school day. A+

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