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The Class ( Entre Les Murs )

French director Laurent Cantet does something miraculous with the well-worn conceit of a teacher and his underprivileged students in this fresh and optimistic piece of realist cinema; winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes. Based on an autobiographical novel by author and former teacher Francois Begaudeau, who also plays himself in the film, the story centres mainly on his attempts to reach Souleymane, a young teen from Mali with family problems and a hefty attitude. All the young cast are non-professional actors, and scenes were worked out using improvisation making for a compelling realism.

Year: 2008
Genre: Drama, French Cinema, True Stories, Cannes - Palme d'Or, Based on..., Movies (1001 You Must See Before You Die), Film Festivals 2009
Country: France
Director: Laurent Cantet
Starring: Francois Begaudeau, Franck Keita, Nassim Amrabt, Esmerelda Ouertani
Duration: 124 Minutes
Rating: M - Contains offensive language.
Subtitles: Yes
7.5/10
Location in store: Foreign (France)

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