Nominee 2009 Academy Awards: Best Foreign Film 2008 and the Winner of the Palme D'Or at Cannes in 2008 The Class (Entre les murs) is a French film that delivers an unflinching and honest account of life for foreign-born children at a school in a disadvantaged Parisian suburb.
Based on the award-winning novel by former teacher, now journalist and critic Francois Begadeau (who stars here as the teacher), The Class uses a documentary style to cover a supposed year in the life of a class of social misfits and ethnic minorities. Representative of the diverse social mix found in Paris's poor inner-cities the classroom is portrayed as a crucible of thought, debate and discussion. Resonant and politically-charged, the edgy hand-held camera work and documentary-style approach used by director Laurent Cantet propels this unusual piece through its low-key and thoughtful narrative.
Director: Laurent Cantet
Author: Francois Begaudeau
Screenplay: Francois Begaudeau , Laurent Cantet , Robin Campillo
Main Cast: Burak Ozyilmaz , Franck Ke´ta , Francois Begaudeau , Henriette Kasaruhanda , Louise Grinberg
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