The Class (Entre Les Murs) (15)



Drama (2008)
130mins Fr

Starring: Francois Begaudeau, Franck Keita, Rachel Regulier, Esmeralda Ouertani
Director: Laurent Cantet
Writer(s): Francois Begaudeau, Laurent Cantet, Robin Campillo
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Idealistic teacher Francois Marin looks forward to a new academic year, in which he hopes to inspire and mould the febrile minds of the 25 culturally and racially diverse teenagers who make up his French language class. However, run-ins with one belligerent student, Souleymane, and an unfortunate choice of words during an argument with partners in classroom crime Khoumba and Sandra send shockwaves around the playground, culminating in an emergency meeting to decide the characters' fates.

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François and his fellow teachers prepare for a new year at a high school in a tough neighbourhood. 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 behaviour can still jeopardise 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...


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