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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.

Cast: François Bégaudeau , Esmeralda Ouertani , Rachel Regulier , Franck Keita , Wei Huang , Agame Malembo-Emene , Angélica Sancio , Arthur Fogel

Director: Laurent Cantet

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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