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The Class [DVD] [2008]

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  • Actors: Juliette Demaille, Nassim Amrabt, Francois Begaudeau, Cherif Bounaidja Rachedi, Arthur Fogel
  • Directors: Laurent Cantet
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Jun. 2009
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B001TY1J9W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,972 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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WINNER OF THE 2008 PALME D OR AWARD AT THE CANNES FILM FESTIVAL. Synopsis: The greatest lessons are learnt when life enters the classroom. The tense environment of a tough inner-city school where cultures and attitudes often clash is revealed in this award-winning drama based on François Bégaudeau s best-selling novel Between the Walls. Bégaudeau himself stars as an idealistic teacher of a class of unruly 15 year-olds, whose spiky independence present a constant challenge to his sometimes unconventional teaching methods. Featuring an outstanding non-professional cast of real teachers and students, Laurent Cantet s gripping and sharply observed film offers a microcosm of contemporary society and explores the issues and challenges of education today. SPECIAL FEATURES: Interviews with director Laurent, Cantet, Theatrical trailer

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Written by and starring real-life teacher François Bégaudeau, The Class (winner of the Palme d'Or in 2008 at Cannes) is a schoolroom drama that avoids all the genre's clichés to stage a fresh and energetic look at the complex boundaries between teacher and student. Based on Bégaudeau's autobiographical novel Entre Les Murs, the action takes place entirely within school walls, but beneath the authentic chatter of middle-school students is a complex spectrum of economic, social and ethnic tensions, imported from the outside world and the root of several outbursts of rebellion and good humour, whether the broody defiance of Malian student Souleymane or the playful impudence of Esmerelda (who challenges the use of traditional Gallic names in black-board examples of French grammar). It is with this complicated cross-section of young minds that their teacher, Monsieur Marin, must engage, redirecting his students' energies into productive lessons with an artful mix of Socratic challenges, liberal empathy and iron authority. The performance is relentless. A single slip can--and eventually does--lead to a standoff, but the central narrative comes second to the inspirational teaching: watching a man of good-conscience diligently create the optimum conditions for emerging intellects is uplifting and enjoyable. --Leo Batchelor


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