Release Date: December 19th, 2008
DVD Release Date: August 11th, 2009
PG-13|2 hr 9 min
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
Production Co: France 2 (FR2), Agence Nationale pour la Cohésion Sociale et l'Egalité des Chances, Haut et Court, Région Ile-de-France, CinéCinéma, Cofinova 4, Procirep, France 2 Cinéma, Canal+, Centre National de la Cinematographie, Fonds Images de la Diversité, Soficinéma 3, MEDIA programme of the European Union
Distributors: Sony Pictures Classics