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
Brilliant film with naked and sincere tones, which shows the whole reality of the contemporary school where, citing roughly the words of the director, children do not learn and do not dialogue, just as the teachers do not know if their teachings are what should be taught and in what way. Film directed with genuine simplicity (another proof of Laurent Cantet as a great director), acted with veracity and emphasis, amazingly written, thus giving life to a film that seems superficial, but it goes far beyond any complexity thought. Splendid.
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