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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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Laurent Cantet (scenario) and
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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 & 19 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Explores the frustrations felt by both teacher and student See more (81 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
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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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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS (US prints)
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Trivia:
First French film to win the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival since 1987. According to jury president Sean Penn, the choice was unanimous.See more »
Quotes:
François Marin:Khoumba, if we start choosing names to suit all your origins, it'll never end.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Hellraiser (1987)See more »

FAQ

What did the teacher mean when he used the word "skank"?
Is "The Class" based on a book?
Is the movie based on a true story?
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21 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Explores the frustrations felt by both teacher and student, 15 February 2009
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

Veteran educator Parker Palmer said "Teaching tugs at the heart, opens the heart, even breaks the heart, And the more one loves teaching, the more heartbreaking it can be." A junior high school French teacher discovers this the hard way in Laurent Cantet's The Class, a work based on the autobiographical novel "Entre Le Murs" ("Between the Walls") by teacher François Bégaudeau, who plays the teacher Francois Marin in the film. Set in a tough Parisian neighborhood, The Class, winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes and nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Film, explores the frustrations felt by both teacher and student when the standard classical curriculum appears to be irrelevant to children from working-class immigrant families.

Though Francois tries to employ innovative techniques such as having the children, ages 14 and 15, write a self-portrait, most of his time is spent in discipline. Sandra (Esmeralda Ouertani) is a sharp-wit who is constantly pushing against authority; Khoumba (Rachel Regulier) is a moody black girl who has suddenly decided she will not real aloud in class; Wei (Wei Huang), is the son of illegal Chinese immigrants whose mother has been singled out by the authorities for possible deportation; Carl (Carl Nanor) joins the class in the middle of the school year after having been expelled from another school; and Souleymane (Franck Keita), an African student from Mali is a consistent disrupter.

Practically the entire film is shot inside the classroom and there are no detours into the teacher's (or the students) personal life or extracurricular activities. As Francois attempts to teach the difference between the imperfect and the subjunctive and instill a love of literature, a power struggle unfolds between teacher and student. The students are bright but rebellious and their give and take in the classroom belies the fact that they know they are up against a system that has not been set up in their favor.

Souleymane brings the class to a halt when he asks the teacher about the rumor that he likes men which the teacher denies but learning is difficult in a situation where the students show little respect. Francois also makes mistakes, calling two girls "skanks" because they fooled around in their role as class reps during the teachers' student evaluation meeting, an incident which leads to a major disruption in the class led by the offended Souleymane. Accompanied by his mother who speaks little French, Souleymane becomes the central focus of the film when it is debated whether or not he should be expelled from the school.

Another disturbing incident occurs in the teachers lounge when one of the teachers expresses his bitterness and despair about trying to teach students he refers to as "animals". Cantet spent many months attending Begaudeau's class and cast real students, recruited from a neighboring junior high, in the role of their counterparts. The Class is a brave film in which there are no heroes or villains and no "Mr. Holland's Opus" to send the viewer off feeling uplifted. While the acting has some rough patches, the dialog, which is largely non-scripted, always feels authentic. The only lesson to be learned is that there are no easy solutions and Cantet does not offer any other than to suggest that inspiration, like happiness, may lie only in moments.

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