The Class

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 2008

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Director:
Laurent Cantet
Released:
2008
Rating:
PG-13
The Class is a French movie that debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008. This film uncovers the challenges of teaching inner city children and the lengths to which a dedicated teacher will have to go to get through to them. It follows the story of Fran''ois Marin (Fran''ois B''gaudeau), a junior high school French language teacher who has taught for a long time. All of the teachers in his racially mixed Parisian school want to motivate their students to learn, and Fran''ois has his own compassionate way of attempting to do just that. He tries to accept each student's differences and negotiate their disputes in an even-handed way. This year, though, the kids are especially unruly, and they enjoy questioning everything that Fran''ois tries to teach them. His few triumphs and many failures at teaching his class lead Fran''ois to a final examination of his moral values as a teacher.

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Metacritic Score

  • 100

    Variety Justin Chang

    Talky in the best sense, the film exhilarates with its lively, authentic classroom banter while its emotional undercurrents build steadily but almost imperceptibly over a swift 129...

  • 90

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    Here Mr. Cantet -- whose earlier features include "Human Resources" and "Time Out," two other dramas about systems of power -- has done that rarest of things in movies about childr...

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    The reality of François' classroom is so intense that it holds our interest even while the film's dramatic focus is building so quietly under the surface that we don't notice it a...

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Comedy, Drama

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Social Issues, Foreign Language, Independent