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The Class (2008) More at IMDbPro »Entre les murs (original title)

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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:
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Laurent Cantet (scenario) and
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Release Date:
24 September 2008 (France) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 11 wins & 21 nominations See more »
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A beguiling, stimulating feature film on education resembling a documentary 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
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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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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
The French title - Entre les murs - translated into English means "Between the Walls" (as in a classroom).See more »
Quotes:
François Marin:Khoumba, if we start choosing names to suit all your origins, it'll never end.See more »
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61 out of 67 people found the following review useful.
A beguiling, stimulating feature film on education resembling a documentary, 26 January 2009
Author: Jugu Abraham (jugu_abraham@yahoo.co.uk) from Trivandrum, Kerala, India

It is not often that you come across a movie that has as its lead actor, the very writer of the novel on which the film is based. Laurent Cantet's intriguing film "The Class" has in its lead role of the class teacher, the novelist and co-screenplay-writer Francois Begaudeau. That's only the first surprise the film pulls on the viewer.

If you went to into the film theater without knowing much about the film you are likely to think you are watching a documentary. That's the second surprise—it is not a documentary.

The film is apparently a semi-autobiographical story of the novelist and lead actor Begaudeau. Begaudeau himself was primarily a school teacher before he morphed his own life into a novelist, journalist, and an actor. But wait a moment. Even director Cantet's parents were teachers. Therefore, it is not surprising that the intimate knowledge of the teaching and the film-making processes get married seamlessly within the film and this contributed substantially to the film being honored as the first French film to win the Golden Palm at Cannes in 21 years!

Cantet allows the viewer to study the process of educating a fresh class of bubbly and street-smart adolescent kids in a Paris suburban school. Classroom education today in many parts of the world has evolved from the dictatorial British format where the learned teacher lectures and the student imbibes what he sees and hears. Today, teaching in progressive schools is more democratic, where the teacher allows student participation, where the student is encouraged to talk and become an integral part of the education process, contributing knowingly or unknowingly and "democratically" to the education of other students in the class just as much as the teacher. It is not without intent that one of the bright Internet-savvy kids in the film brings up the subject of Plato's "Republic" into discussion, but then the intelligent viewer is forced to recall that teaching for Aristotle's own students centuries ago was democratic and peripatetic. Begaudeau the teacher is flummoxed and that's precisely what Cantet the director of the film stresses to the viewer—the very quality and process of imparting knowledge today is dissected. Plato wanted a philosopher king to provide for the common good. He also believed democracy would just lead to mob rule, which is basically an oligarchy. Cantet appears to ask the viewer if the teacher is the Platonic philosopher king. Aristotle studied under Plato and disagreed with Plato on almost fundamentally everything. Cantet's film introduces parallels of bright adolescent kids being educated in the classroom as Aristotle would have been in Plato's class. Begaudeau teaches his students often like Plato would while adopting the peripatetic approach of Aristotle's own teaching style though confined within the four walls of the class.

The film is demanding of the viewer. The film is definitely not everyone's cup of tea.

To a casual film goer, the movie would resemble a live recording of a high-school class of boys and girls with a teacher probing the minds of his students, made up of different backgrounds, races, religions and representing various continents. There are tense moments, hilarious repartees, behind the scene meetings of teachers evaluating students, parent teacher meetings and even stocktaking of a "year gone by" in the school. The film's content can disappoint some viewers looking for conventional action, sex or heavy intrigue.

Cantet's approach to cinema is far removed from the typical Hollywood film. Yet Cantet and the screenplay writing team that included Begaudeau urge the viewer to zoom-out his/her mind from the microscopic events taking place within the confines of the four walls of class--the ethnic tensions, the psychological warfare and the social criticism--as they are equally likely to take place in the wider world outside the class, beyond the school, even beyond France. That is the beguiling aspect of Cantet's film.

The innovation apart, what is extraordinary in this film? One, the film clearly indicates the classroom has evolved from the classroom of "To Sir, with Love," or "Dead Poet's Society." Today, teaching adolescents is no longer a simple task. Students are well-aware of current social and political issues, thanks to the Internet and related technology. Teachers need to be aware of several bits of information and trivia to be on top of their class. Second, "The Class" progresses to reveal manipulative student behavior towards their teachers that British cinema revealed decades earlier to us. British films, such as "Absolution" (1978, with Richard Burton) and "Term of Trial" (1962, with Laurence Olivier) are vivid examples. Unlike the two entertaining British movies, all the action in Cantet's "The Class" is restricted to two school rooms—-the actual classroom and another room where teachers interact among themselves or with parents. Third, the film grapples with the question of the broader issues of equality within a classroom, a school and elsewhere in society. Fourth, the film is about current issues of integration of different cultures that perhaps confront Europe, Canada, and Australia more than it does in the USA. Africans and Asians are now citizens of France but do they get understood by the majority? A student Suleyman says in the film: "I have nothing to say about me because no one knows me but me."

How many teachers allow for two-way communication in a class? The film presents a growing challenge for educators of today. Can we go back to the days of Aristotle or do we prefer to learn under the teacher who "dictates"? Are we providing the turf for democracy or for dictatorships to emerge in society from the lowly classroom? This is a sensitive film meant for film-goers expecting more than frothy entertainment. The two final shots, somewhat similar, of the film graphically (and silently) capture the entire case of the film that preceded those shots. That was truly remarkable.

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