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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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