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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.

Director:

Laurent Cantet

Writers:

Laurent Cantet (scenario), Robin Campillo (scenario) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 27 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

Opening Weekend:

$3,230,850 (France), 28 October 2008, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$155,190, 1 February 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,766,595, 7 June 2009
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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS (US prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to U.K. publication the Independent, Laurent Cantet selected the cast of teenagers from those who signed up for a year of workshop sessions. 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.
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Featured in At the Movies: Summer Special 2008/09 (2008) See more »

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Love this film!
15 March 2009 | by jb200081See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this film; however, I will disclose I thought about 10 minutes could be shaved off as a whole. The documentary style feel to the film aided not only the intimacy of looking into the classroom, but also into the lives of the students and teachers. It was refreshing to see "the human" side of a teacher portrayed--one that is fallible, not always saying the right thing despite trying to do the right thing...which is often what all people struggle with. Also, I liked that the film focused primarily on the episodes within the school rather than drifting into a melodramatic cliché of teenage angst or stereotypical conflicts. The Class is a nice balance of glimpsing into the world of teachers and their students.


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