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The Class (2008)

Entre les murs (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama | 13 March 2009 (USA)
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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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Laurent Cantet

Writers:

Laurent Cantet (scenario), Robin Campillo (scenario) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 29 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
François Bégaudeau ... François Marin
Agame Malembo-Emene Agame Malembo-Emene ... Agame
Angélica Sancio ... Angélica
Arthur Fogel Arthur Fogel ... Arthur
Boubacar Toure Boubacar Toure ... Boubacar
Burak Özyilmaz ... Burak
Carl Nanor Carl Nanor ... Carl
Cherif Bounaïdja Rachedi Cherif Bounaïdja Rachedi ... Cherif
Dalla Doucoure Dalla Doucoure ... Dalla
Damien Gomes Damien Gomes ... Damien
Esmeralda Ouertani ... Esmeralda
Eva Paradiso Eva Paradiso ... Eva
Henriette Kasaruhanda Henriette Kasaruhanda ... Henriette
Juliette Demaille Juliette Demaille ... Juliette
Justine Wu Justine Wu ... Justine
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The dynamics of a multicultural class and its teacher will enlighten.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French | Bambara | Spanish

Release Date:

13 March 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Class See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,766,810

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$28,866,596
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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS (US prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »

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François Marin: Khoumba, if we start choosing names to suit all your origins, it'll never end.
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A Look Into One School Year That Brings me Back
15 December 2009 | by OkayDooodSee all my reviews

I will start with saying that the subtitles made it difficult to understand the specifics of their dialogue. But notwithstanding, Entre Les Murs really feels like I've spent a year in the school with these students. We see the power structure between teachers, admin, and students. We see the problems and challenges that the system has. We also, more importantly, see the interpersonal relationships between the teachers and the students.

This movie doesn't sentimentalize or sugar-coat the learning experience. Lean On Me, this is not. This vision is as stark and cold as the fluorescent light bulbs above the class. The warmth, however brief, is provided by the students and their teachers.

I enjoyed the realistic acting. I never for once thought that I was anywhere else except for a real classroom. I enjoyed the characters, though I wish that I would be able to get in their heads more and see their motivation.

What I liked the most is that we saw an unbiased, holistic viewpoint of the school year. Some students learned a lot, some learned nothing, and life moves on like a soccer match in the school halls.


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