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
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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