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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 & 31 nominations. See more awards »

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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

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

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Drama

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Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Based on a French-language memoir written by star François Bégaudeau, who was once a teacher. It was later released in an English version. See more »

Quotes

Esmeralda: [on Plato's book at the same time she provokes the teacher over a past incident between them] I guess that's not a tramp's book, huh?
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Referenced in The Names of Love (2010) See more »

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BEAU ET VRAI (BEAUTIFUL AND TRUE)
20 February 2020 | by RinoBortone91See all my reviews

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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Country:

France

Language:

French | Bambara | Spanish

Release Date:

13 March 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,766,810

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,303,505
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2.35 : 1
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