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Fall 2009
November 23

The Class
(Entre Les Murs)

France, 2008, 128 min, drama
Director: Laurent Cantet

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Based on 2006 novel by author and former teacher François Bégaudeau who plays a version of himself, this film lets us be "flies on the wall" in an inner-city lycee classroom in Sarkozy's France, over an academic year.  Without judging, it simply shows us what happens when university-trained teachers meet street-wise, largely immigrant high school kids who don't see the relevance of being there.  No-holds-barred, emotionally charged footage of rarely seen teacher-student interaction. This film received the Palme d'Or at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Oscar for best foreign film.

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LINKS

»  Trailer.
»  Review by Roger Ebert.
»  Review in Variety.

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