Almost a Documentary
Release Date: January 30, 2009
Starring: Francois Begaudeau, Nassim
Amrabt, Laura Baquela, Cherif
Bounaidja Rachedi, Juliette
Demaille, and Dalla Doucoure
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 128 minutes
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Director: Lauren Cantet
Executive Producer: None
Producer: Caroline Benjo and Carole
Writer: Francois Begaudeau, Robin
Campillo and Lauren Cantent
Address Comments To:Michael Barker, Tom Bernard and Marcia Bloom
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The movie is not a typical Hollywood film and feels more like a documentary than a story. There isn’t much of a plot except, in the last 15 minutes, there’s conflict with one of his students, which leads to a question of whether to expel the student or not. There are many scenes of classroom discussion as well as teacher staff meetings discussing the faculty coffee maker among other things. There are parent/teacher conferences and short scenes of students playing soccer. Unlike a typical movie, the story doesn’t really move or come to any point. While viewers come to understand the characters in the context of a classroom, the characters are not well developed and mostly cardboard.
THE CLASS is France’s submission for an Oscar in the Best Foreign Language Film of the Year category. An unusual bit of trivia is that the movie is based on the experiences of Francois Begaudeau as an inner city teacher who wrote it first as a book and then wrote and starred as himself in this movie version.
There is very little objectionable content, except for some mostly mild obscenities. There is an extremely long discussion about different things which may be interesting if one is a teacher, but otherwise it’s as if a camera was put in a classroom and teacher’s lounge and allowed to just film random conversations.
THE CLASS contains very little objectionable content, except for many mild obscenities. There is an extremely long discussion about different things which may be interesting if one is a teacher, but otherwise it’s as if a camera was put in a classroom and teacher’s lounge and allowed to film random conversations.