This Estonian drama THE CLASS features Joosep, the class dork that has been bullied his entire life. When one of his classmates Kaspar, stands up for him, an open war starts, with the class on one side and the two boys on the other. The 16 year old boys decide to punish their classmates.... THE CLASS is the first feature film from the acclaimed culture profile Ilmar Raag, known for his outstanding career in Estonian Television. After being the Head of Acquisitions for Estonian Television, he became the Chairman of the board. Regaining his way back to the creative community, he quit the television business to write THE CLASS in 2007.
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Mono ), Estonian ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: One of several global dramas that reportedly culled direct inspiration from the infamous Columbine High School Massacre (and evidence, given its geographic origins, of that tragedy's global impact), Ilmar Raag's harrowing Estonian drama The Class (AKA Klass, 2007) unfolds in an Eastern European high school overrun by psychotic bullies. Amid this morass, 16-year-old Joosep (Part Usuberg) suffers from constant, sadistic belittlement and humiliation. One of his torturers, newcomer Kaspar (Vallo Kirs), soon changes sides and offers to protect the victim, as a kind of bodyguard, but in time, per human nature, the bullies also turn him into a pariah. One act of systematic humiliation too many soon pushes the two boys over the edge and sets the stage for an unremitting bloodbath of vengeance. Raag also authored the original script. ...Klass ( The Class )