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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 & 29 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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

Taglines:

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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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

Opening Weekend:

$3,230,850 (France), 28 October 2008, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$155,190, 1 February 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,766,595, 7 June 2009
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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS (US prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Director Laurent Cantet filmed the classroom scenes with three digital-video cameras, according to U.K. publication the Independent. One was on teacher François Bégaudeau, one on the pupil in focus at the time, and another zeroed in on background bustle and chatter in the classroom. See more »

Quotes

François Marin: I didn't asked you what you liked in the class, I want to know what did you learned from it.
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mesmerizing
13 March 2009 | by alexmccourtSee all my reviews

Best movie I've seen since No Country For Old Men. And you won't hear these two titles mentioned together too often.

The greatest accomplishment was in re-creating, in naturalistic documentary style, well....a classroom. And although it's almost half a century since I participated in such an environment, it seems not an awful lot has changed (well, apart from the total disrespect shown by many of the children towards their mentor). They were all there, mouthy, loud, quiet, bright, stupid. And real, or so it appeared.

Dead Poets Society it ain't. Remarkably free from schmaltz, the film traces a reasonably undramatic class year, with its group dynamics, teacher cock ups, mutinies - pupils that is - with a very small sprinkling of what is being taught academically. The result should have been fairly prosaic and I suppose it was, but I was transfixed by the skill of the players the art of the director and the total ordinariness of the people being so brilliantly portrayed. A terrific achievement by all.


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