The Class

PG-13| 2 hr. 9 min.

Plot Summary
Francois Marin (François Bégaudeau) is a French language and literature teacher at an inner-city Paris high school. As the new school year begins, he introduces himself to his new class and begins the arduous process of reaching out to each of them. Marin encounters his share of problem students, teen violence, ethnic tensions between classmates and education barriers within the group, all of which test his patience and -- more importantly -- his resolve as an educator.

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Genres: Drama

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

The Class (2008)

Release Date: December 19th, 2008|2 hr. 9 min.

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  • Fierce, funny and moving, The Class graduates with honors. It's unmissable. show more

  • The Class is clearly a microcosm of contemporary France, beset by social and economic tensions. More than that, though, it's a saga of education's struggles in many parts of the modern world. If only the film were pure fiction. show more

  • French movies are not so neatly resolved. In fact, the point of many French movies, such as this provocative one from director Laurent Cantet, is that some problems don't have satisfying solutions - or resolutions. show more

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  • April 22, 2010 drarthurwells
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    A great job of documenting a good teacher working with les than good students. Very realistic but tedious at times..

  • April 15, 2009 caldaggitt
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    This is the worst movie of all time. You can try to brush over the flaws of this movie by calling it "art" or "not commercial," but the fact remains: there is no story, no character development, no plot. It is far and away the worst movie that I've ever seen.

  • March 27, 2009 Margaret Opine
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    WARNING!!!!--THIS IS NOT A COMMERCIAL MOVIE, PER SE, THIS IS ART-- IT IS A FILM!!!! The goal of the writer and the director appears NOT TO BE to pick sides but to show a clear, well-developed, highly, "highly" detailed microcosym of a class in a school in France...but even more, to show a class of what is famously known as: "minority students" inside of a Western World school. The students had exchanges in class about whether they were French or not. WELL DONE!!!! BRAVO!!!! It is definitely a movie for students and teachers to see (and study); it is a teaching tool so this is defintely not an "entertainment flick." I think every person who takes this film to heart has to be asking, "Which one of the students in this class is characteristically me?" I know I did. I know who I was in the classroom; I know I have that "self" still inside of me...that I have to come to understand. I can remember that time in my life when the "spirit" in my soul seemed restless and uncomfortable and unhappy, and rebellious, which is just a teenager's life and times. The insides are emerging and so is the physical outside. It is a difficult time. I WAS IN 7TH GRADE, when Mr. Harris wrote the wrong answer on the board (like the teacher in the movie who used the word "skank" to 13-15 year olds). I laughed loudly because it really got to me. He had been riding me all year about being perfect and there he was making a big mistake and one of the students caught it. He sent me to the principal's office and he called my mother and he lied and I got a beating. THE BEATING DIDN'T HURT ME, the lie did. Teachers are not suppose to lie; they are suppose to be perfect like policemen, ministers/priests and parents, when you are 13-15. He told my mother that I had lifted my skirt tail and offered my body to him. The teacher in this movie was characteristically Mr. Harris, which gave me reason to ask the question: WHO SHOULD TEACH TEENAGERS? ....For those who might say that these students got the "minority" treatment in France, well, they may have but I don't think that is ALL that stunts their intellectual development. I think the character Esmerelda said it best, to the teacher's question: "Why did you read THAT book?" Esmerelda said, "Because I was interested in it." NOW, what say ye education? I hope the Obamas can put a new spin on that--all children won't learn a "program" and a standard. LAST BUT NOT LEAST, this relationship continued all my life...a man with a bunch of letters behind his name, Ph.D., M.D, Ph.D. and he had a Juris prudence (law) degree too, wrote about me as a grown woman with grown children, "She is ineducable." I had already told him I had a master's degree. I hope you read my review and then see: THE CLASS. There is plenty enough wrong to go around and around.---Thank You. Margaret Opine

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