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The Class (Entre les murs)
Drama
"The Class" is based on an autobiographical novel by Francois Begaudeau, a drama that follows the year in the life of a French schoolteacher working at a high-school in a tough neighborhood of Paris. Ethnicities, cultures and attitudes often clash in the classroom. As amusing and inspiring as the teenage students can be, their difficult behavior can still jeopardize any teacher's enthusiasm for the low-paying job. Francois insists on an atmosphere of respect and diligence. Neither stuffy nor severe, his extravagant frankness often takes the students by surprise. But his classroom ethics are put to the test when his students begin to challenge his methods. Rated PG-13 for language.
Cast: François Bégaudeau, Juliette Demaille, Nassim Amrabt, Laura Baquela, François Bégaudeau, Cherif Bounaïdja Rachedi
Produced by: Caroline Benjo
Directed by: Laurent Cantet
Written by: François Bégaudeau
Running time: 2hr 8min
Opens: Dec 19, 2008 NY/LA
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