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The class

(DVD - 2009 - French)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The class
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François and his fellow teachers prepare for a new year at a high school in a tough neighborhood. Armed with the best intentions, they brace themselves to not let discouragement stop them from trying to give the best education to their students. Cultures and attitudes often clash in the classroom, a microcosm of contemporary France. As amusing and inspiring as the teenaged students can be, their difficult behavior can still jeopardize any teacher's enthusiasm for the low-paying job. François insists on an atmosphere of respect and diligence. Neither stuffy nor severe, his extravagant frankness often takes the students by surprise. But his classroom ethics are put to the test when his students begin to challenge his methods.
Title: The class
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Publisher: [S.l.] : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, c2009
Edition: Widescreen
Notes: Title from container
Summary: François and his fellow teachers prepare for a new year at a high school in a tough neighborhood. Armed with the best intentions, they brace themselves to not let discouragement stop them from trying to give the best education to their students. Cultures and attitudes often clash in the classroom, a microcosm of contemporary France. As amusing and inspiring as the teenaged students can be, their difficult behavior can still jeopardize any teacher's enthusiasm for the low-paying job. François insists on an atmosphere of respect and diligence. Neither stuffy nor severe, his extravagant frankness often takes the students by surprise. But his classroom ethics are put to the test when his students begin to challenge his methods.
Local Note: (c.1-2 8/09) mp
ISBN: 1435946251
Branch Call Number: DVD F CLA French
Statement of Responsibility: Haut et Court ; France 2 Cinema ; a film by Laurent Cantent
Current Frequency: v
Organization of Materials: d
Credits: Screenplay: François Bégaudeau ; directed by Laurent Cantet.
Performers: François Bégaudeau, Nassim Amrabt, Laura Baquela, Cherif Bounaïdja Rachedi, Juliette Demaille.
System Details: DVD
Other Language: In French or English; English subtitles
Subject Headings: Fiction films Feature films Motion pictures, French Foreign films France Teachers Drama High schools France Drama
Topical Term: Fiction films
Feature films
Motion pictures, French
Foreign films
Teachers
High schools
Publisher No: 28753
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Sep 04, 2014
  • 0cho rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

No idea why this movie got such high marks. More of a documentary on a teacher in an inner Parisian school. Rather pointless.

Jun 04, 2013
  • klemens82 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very intense and realistic film about a very engaged young teacher in a French school. Enjoyed it! If you speak a little French it might be even better since a lot of the French spoken in the film is easy to understand.

Oct 20, 2012
  • Herve Monier rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

excellent movie, very well done!

Feb 01, 2012
  • ptabar rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I didn't care for this film much. The idea is great, but I've seen this topic covered in much deeper ways (see "Freedom Writers" and "To Sir, With Love.")

Nov 30, 2011
  • kirubelgw rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Excellent classroom drama based on the autobiography of François Bégaudeau, who plays himself in the lead role as a school teacher in Paris. The film examines the relationship between the teacher and students who come from different cultural backrounds, posing many challenges for Francois. His intentions are good yet he can't reach some of his difficult students. Their interactions are engaging and sometimes amusing.

This is the worst movie I've ever seen.

Jul 30, 2011
  • Livresjrg rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Almost a docu-drama. It could have been shorter, and unfortunately might discourage anyone who was thinking of becoming a teacher.

Feb 28, 2011
  • NanaPat rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This film nearly drove me nuts. It's based on the autobiography of French teacher Francois Begaudeau who also plays Mr. Marin in the movie. The modern day , melting pot of French society , portrayed in this classroom seriously made my blood boil. After years in the educational system, I found the lack of discipline , respect and incredibly weak understanding of the English language absolutely frightening. The struggles in this film are deepened by the lack of responsibility teachers are forced to accept in such a culturally diverse situation. The film was long ( 2 hrs 10 mins) and the English voice overs weren't the best ; however , the film drew me in and even with the frustration of facing a new reality within the educational system ,I enjoyed the film.

Feb 21, 2011
  • George Millar rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Now, if you like docu-feature films that put troubled teens against their tortured teachers, then this French film will make your evening. I was interested throughout the film but felt myself saying "So what!" after it was over.

Feb 09, 2010
  • darcelink rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

wow--terrific movie. to sir with love it ain't. multiracial kids, white teacher. played by the author of book it's based on. has the feel of a doc.

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Feb 28, 2011
  • NanaPat rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Peter Travers of the Rolling Stone called the film :
"Fierce,Funny and Moving. Truly Unmissable"

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Apr 23, 2010
  • Tashi rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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