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The Class

Drama 2h 8m 2008

AroView: This stimulating Palm d’Or winner engages with the toil and trouble of a multi-ethnic, inner-city French classroom, and the headstrong teacher determined to gain its attention and respect.

Talky without drifting into speechifying or high school histrionics, Cantet’s film serves up challenging mind food that’s universally-reaching on the surface, although perhaps capable of deeper meaning for those intimate with the social context in which it is set (namely, the racial cross-section Paris now represents). Despite its underwhelming emotional pull and tedious power struggles between student and adult, this is a commendable observation of tempestuous, modern youth through the eyes of progressive-thinking filmmakers (Bégaudeau, also in the role of Mr Marin, adapted the screenplay from his own semi-autobiographical novel).


Laurent Cantet







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