2008, France, 95’, Color, French-Spanish
Director: Laurent Cantet
Cast: François Bégaudeau, Agame Malembo-Emene, Angélica Sancio
2009 Cannes Film Festival, Palme d’Or Award
2009 Academy Awards, Nominated Best Foreign Language Oscar Award
The greatest lesson are learnt when life enters between the walls.
The thought-provoking drama signed by the Laurent Cantet who became the first French director winning Palme d’Or in 2009 after 21 years with this emotionally striking film portraying the culture of a nation in a small banlieux.
Francois is an idealistic young teacher reaching out to a troubled class of underprivileged kids in a tough multi-ethnic school settled in a Parisian banlieux. He is a skinny, young man whose informality and openness causes his students disregard him. Francois and his fellow teachers, armed with the best intentions, brace themselves not to let discouragement stop them from trying to give the best education to their students. Cultures and attitudes often clash in the classroom, partial stories of students gradually come on the daylight so that all reflects a microcosm of contemporary France. Francois has a complete different attitude; has a deep understanding and consciousness. He passionately tries to create an atmosphere of respect and diligence. There are very few films that can claim to make their audiences into happier and smarter people and “The Class” is one of them as it informs the audience in an emotionally striking way.