Entre les Murs - The Class dvd - 2008 film directed by Laurent Cantet. This award-winning film concerns teacher François Marin and his colleagues who are preparing for another school year teaching at a racially mixed inner city high school in Paris. The teachers talk to each other about their prospective students, both the good and the bad. The teachers collectively want to inspire their students, but each teacher is an individual who will do things in his or her own way to achieve the results they desire. They also have differing viewpoints on the students themselves, and how best to praise and discipline them. The administration of the school tries to be as fair as possible, which includes having student representatives sit on the student evaluation committee. Marin's class this year of fourteen and fifteen year olds is no different than previous years, although the names and faces have changed. Marin tries to get through to his students, sometimes with success and sometimes resulting in utter failure. Even Marin has his breaking point, which may result in him doing things he would probably admit to himself are wrong. But after all is said and done, there is next year and another group of students. Stars Françis Bégaudeau, Agame Malembo-Emene, Angélica Sancio and Arthur Fogel. Rated PG-13 for language. 128 minutes. Optional English subtitles.
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