THE CLASS

Almost a Documentary

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Release Date: January 30, 2009

Starring: Francois Begaudeau, Nassim
Amrabt, Laura Baquela, Cherif
Bounaidja Rachedi, Juliette
Demaille, and Dalla Doucoure

Genre: Drama

Audience: Teenagers and adults

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 128 minutes

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Director: Lauren Cantet

Executive Producer: None

Producer: Caroline Benjo and Carole
Scotta

Writer: Francois Begaudeau, Robin
Campillo and Lauren Cantent

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Content:

(HH, LL, V, A, D, M) Strong humanist worldview; 23 obscenities and one profanity; student accidentally hit in face, with some blood; no sexual content; no nudity; drinking of champagne; one scene of smoking; and, disrespect of teacher.

Summary:

THE CLASS is the story of an ethnically mixed high school class during a school year. This movie feels more like a documentary than a narrative, is tedious, and contains plenty of mild foul language.

Review:

THE CLASS is a French movie about an ethnically mixed high school class during a school year. The story focuses on literature and grammar teacher Francois, who leads the class in discussions, has teacher staff meetings and goes through the normal day in the life of a teacher.

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.

In Brief:

THE CLASS is a French movie about an ethnically mixed high school class during a school year. The story focuses on literature and grammar teacher Francois, who leads the class in discussions, has teacher staff meetings, and goes through a normal day in a teacher’s life. The movie is not a typical movie and feels more like a documentary than a story. There isn’t much of a plot except, in the last fifteen minutes, there’s conflict with one of his students, which leads to a question of whether to expel the student. The movie contains 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.

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.