'The Class' (2008) 100 Word Cinema Review

July 29, 2009 § Leave a comment

Score: 5 out of 5

The Class takes us through one academic year at a troubled French inner-city middle school, all from the perspective of François Marin (François Bégaudeau), its charismatic literature teacher. Based on a semi-autobiographical account from writer/actor Bégaudeau, it’s a fascinating and insightful study into the complex relationship between teacher and pupil within a culturally-divided nation.

The performances are excellent and the dialogue is frequently sharp, intelligent and funny. Compelling and engrossing right to the end, The Class is a brilliant piece of work that respects and challenges its audience; it serves as an enlightened exposé of prejudice and human fallibility.

(99 words.)

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