After an incident, a brilliant professor known for his outbursts is forced to mentor the student he wronged for a speech contest.

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Yvan Attal

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Victor Saint Macary (screenplay), Yaël Langmann (screenplay) | 12 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Auteuil ... Pierre Mazard
Camélia Jordana ... Neïla Salah
Yasin Houicha Yasin Houicha ... Mounir
Nozha Khouadra Nozha Khouadra ... La mère de Neïla
Nicolas Vaude Nicolas Vaude ... Grégoire Viviani - le président de l'université
Jean-Baptiste Lafarge Jean-Baptiste Lafarge ... Benjamin de Segonzac
Virgil Leclaire Virgil Leclaire ... Keufran
Zohra Benali Zohra Benali ... La grand-mère de Neïla
Damien Zanoly Damien Zanoly ... Jean Proutot
Jean-Philippe Puymartin Jean-Philippe Puymartin ... Le président des concours
Eddy Suiveng Eddy Suiveng ... Le premier gamin
Abderahmane Cherif Abderahmane Cherif ... Le deuxième gamin
Fahmi Guerbaa Fahmi Guerbaa ... La première caillera
Ayman Rahoui Ayman Rahoui ... La deuxième caillera
Guillaume Duhesme Guillaume Duhesme ... Le conducteur
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Neïla, a girl of Algerian descent, lives in a housing project in the suburbs of Paris with her mother and her grandmother. She has good friends in the neighborhood, including a boyfriend named Mounir, an Uber driver. Always a good pupil, she has decided to become a lawyer and to this end has enrolled at the Assas University in Paris. But her first day proves a harrowing experience. Arriving late in the great amphitheater where Pierre Mazard, a seasoned but controversial law professor, gives his class, poor Neïla is taken to task by him, and in words tainted with racism. Some students complain about Mazard's attitude, which urges the President to intervene. He firmly asks the prof that he do something to redeem himself. And to this end, why not train his victim for the prestigious speech contest Assas is associated with? Reluctant at first, Pierre is forced to accept the deal. But how will Neïla put up with working under the yoke of her torturer? And how will Mazard refrain from taking... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Comedy | Drama

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References Divorce French Style (2016) See more »

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Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)
Written by Marvin Gaye and James Nyx (as James Nyx, Jr.)
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Little tension but excellent acting
14 May 2020 | by IndustriousAngelSee all my reviews

A fun dramedy about two opposed characters forced to work together - a grumpy old professor and a young student of law, an immigrant girl to boot. Well, the "drama" evolves along well-trodden lines, but it's really the actors (and well-written characters) that breathe life into this movie. Daniel Auteuil needs no introduction but Camelia Jordana more than stands her ground, the scenes with only those two on screen are what makes this story tick. All other scenes and actors are ok - there's not a single really bad one - but pale in comparison. Recommended!


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Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

French | Arabic

Release Date:

22 November 2017 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Die brillante Mademoiselle Neila See more »

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Paris, France See more »

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Budget:

EUR9,729,038 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,968,212
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Dolby Digital (as Dolby 5.1)

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Color | Black and White (archive footage)

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2.39 : 1
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