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Les héritiers (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 21 October 2016 (USA)
The fact based story of a class of schoolchildren, teenagers, in a, from the look of it, mixed ethnic district of Paris, who's teacher decides to enter them in a competition to examine the ... See full summary »


Ahmed Dramé (screenplay), Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar (screenplay)
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Ariane Ascaride ... Anne Guéguen
Ahmed Dramé Ahmed Dramé ... Malik
Noémie Merlant ... Mélanie
Geneviève Mnich Geneviève Mnich ... Yvette
Stéphane Bak ... Max
Wendy Nieto Wendy Nieto ... Jamila
Aïmen Derriachi ... Saïd
Mohamed Seddiki Mohamed Seddiki ... Olivier / Brahim
Naomi Amarger ... Julie
Alicia Dadoun Alicia Dadoun ... Camélia
Adrien Hurdubae Adrien Hurdubae ... Théo
Raky Sall Raky Sall ... Koudjiji
Amine Lansari Amine Lansari ... Rudy
Koro Dramé Koro Dramé ... Léa
Thomas Bénéteau Thomas Bénéteau ... Elève de la classe
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The fact based story of a class of schoolchildren, teenagers, in a, from the look of it, mixed ethnic district of Paris, who's teacher decides to enter them in a competition to examine the holocaust from the point of view of its impact on young people. It contains some very emotional scenes and chronicles the change in the opinions and interactions of a typical class of adolescents. Written by Barry Mahon

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The actor and film writer Ahmed Dramé (Malik) and his sister the actress Koro Dramé (Léa) are both part of the cast in 'Les héritiers'. See more »


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Far from a masterpiece but worth seeing
14 February 2017 | by gcarpiceci-73268See all my reviews

I don't think this belongs to the league of cinema masterpieces, nevertheless I think it is still a decent movie, with its own dignity, worth seeing. I think that dismissing quickly a movie just because it's not based on a totally new concept is a bit unfair; if we were to allow only this kind of movies to be produced, we would go to the cinema once every year or two; movies, like books and other forms of storytelling, build on each other, they can look at the same theme from different angles and perspectives, still maintaining all their raison d'être. The most immediate, obvious link of the Les Heritiers is The Dead Poets Society, which was proposing a similar situational context (a teacher trying to motivate a group of disengaged students) but a very different socio-cultural one. I happened to watch Les Heritiers a few days after I saw American Honey, which on the contrary offers a different situational context, against a pretty similar socio-cultural background; I thought they all contribute to an interesting debate, one point of view about a lost, hopeless generation and the other one just opposite to that, offering a "yes, we can" message. Specifically, I think Les Heritiers has the merit of prosing a rather honest look on a rather sensitive subject like the coexistence of different cultures and religions in the French marginal society. The movie is able to do that avoiding any moral judgement or patronising position, using a realistic style and leveraging good acting by most of protagonists.

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21 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La morale de l'histoire See more »


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2.35 : 1
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