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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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Nominated for Oscar. Another 11 wins & 21 nominations See more »
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A sample of real life 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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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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76 out of 86 people found the following review useful.
A sample of real life, 27 December 2008
Author: Max_cinefilo89 from Italy

At the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, two movies were able to give viewers a vivid glimpse of the very real social context they dealt with. One was the Italian crime drama Gomorra, based on a non-fiction bestseller about the Camorra's dealings. The other, which received the coveted Palme d'Or (although Gomorra is a tad more riveting), is Laurent Cantet's The Class (the original French title translates as Between the Walls), which some described as the new Dead Poets Society for obvious reasons. The comparison is legitimate but a bit weak, mostly because The Class focuses less on the Greeek tragedy structure typical of school-set dramas. Instead, it gives an incredibly accurate idea of what really goes on in an average school class.

Cantet's film is based on the eponymous book by François Bégaudeau, a former teacher who decided to inaugurate his writing career with a memoir of sorts recounting his experiences in a middle school in a Parisian suburb. Not surprisingly, when word of a cinematic adaptation came out, Bégaudeau wanted to be involved, contributing to the screenplay and taking on the lead role, virtually playing himself.

Well, not really: there's a degree of fiction in his character, at least in the fact that his last name is Marin. Everything else is spot-on, though: he gets along with his colleagues, has an intelligent teaching plan and is generally considered a good French teacher. Still, that doesn't mean there aren't problems in the class, especially when most of the 13-year old kids in there are foreign (Moroccan, Chinese, etc.). Situations range from a new student struggling to fit in to troublemakers refusing to pay attention, and it looks like some of them might not make it to the end of the academic year.

The magic of The Class is of course that it doesn't feel like a movie, but like something real, tangible - a slice of life, if you may. This is because Cantet prepared the film by selecting thousands of real students for the various parts and then going through a year-long improvisation exercise with those who made it to the final cut. In this case, though, "improvised" doesn't equal loads of swearing like in Judd Apatow's body of work (even if some of the lingo used by the kids is on the stronger side), but things people say and think when they're going through that delicate period of their life. There isn't really a point in talking about performances, save for the adults, who are nonetheless teachers in real life. These people, particularly the young ones, aren't acting, they're living. And that is a beautiful thing to behold.

It is said that movies and life do occasionally merge. Few examples are closer to the truth than The Class: it's not a biopic, it's not a documentary. It's a lesson.

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