The ClassThe film covers an academic year, beginning with the teachers gathering for the autumn term, introducing themselves to each other and being welcomed by the principal, an unsmiling figure wearing rimless glasses. Francois is a tough but fair teacher working in one of France';;s toughest schools, and his honest demeanor in the classroom has made him a great success with the students. But this year things are different, because when the students begin to challenge his methods Francois will find his classroom ethics put to the ultimate test.Genre: DramaCountry: United StatesDuration: 125 minQuality: HDRelease: 2008IMDb: 7.5
Actors of "The Class"
Characters of "The Class"
Directors of "The Class"Laurent CantetBirthdate: 15 June 1961, Melle, Deux-Sevres, France
Creators of "The Class"Laurent CantetBirthdate: 15 June 1961, Melle, Deux-Sevres, FranceRobin Campillo
Critic Reviews of "The Class"Film.comAugust 23, 2009
But ultimately it's a fascinating, sometimes exhilarating movie that seems to make a genuine contact with the classroom, and shows us an educational system struggling, and managing, to survive.indieWireAugust 08, 2009
Cantet's film lulls the spectator into the rhythms of the everyday reality of school, belying a very carefully coordinated narrative structure that only becomes apparent in its final act.Chicago ReaderMarch 13, 2009
Most impressive, Cantet tracks the racial and ethnic resentments that simmer beneath the classroom discussions but become harder to quell when the parents get involved.Orlando SentinelMarch 04, 2009
The Class, an Oscar-nominated French film about a Paris middle school, should be required viewing for anybody considering a career in teaching.Detroit NewsFebruary 27, 2009
The fact that it's based on a book written by a former teacher who also stars in the film gives it more than a bit of authenticityDenver PostFebruary 27, 2009
These kids aren't always all right. But they are consistently riveting.Critic's NotebookOctober 07, 2015
What most critics probably aren't telling you about in their expectedly lavish praises of the film is its stereotypical and downright patronizing portrayal of race and ethnicity.The NationNovember 24, 2014
As you watch this exhilarating back-and-forth, it dawns on you that an ethically complex, emotionally troubling plot has taken shape; and you realize, with astonishment, that Cantet waited an hour to let it emerge.Reel Film ReviewsJanuary 03, 2014
...the sort of film that one admires more than one enjoys...DeadspinJune 22, 2013
You will be sporadically moved by The Class, and maybe even inspired. You will also feel overpowering despair. But mostly: You will want to hug anyone who has ever, ever been a schoolteacher.ReelTalk Movie ReviewsFebruary 23, 2010
Seems to question the continued effectiveness of an old teaching approach and its ability to adapt to new problems as well as modern variations of old ones.Orlando WeeklyDecember 17, 2009
In the tidiest pitch-speak, it's the Dardennes do Degrassi, a convincingly intimate glimpse at the epic battle waged against apathy in schools the world over.
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