The Class

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Director
Ilmar Raag
Runtime
1 h 39 min
Release Date
16 March 2007
Genres
Drama
Overview
An average guy of an Estonian high-school decides to defend his bullied classmate. This starts war between him and the informal leader of the class. As teenagers' honour is a touchy thing, everything ends in bloodshed.
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  • Dramatic Sparks Fly in The Class
    Movies DVD Release Date:  August 11, 2009Theatrical Release Date:  December 19, 2008 (limited)Rating:  PG-13 (for language)Genre:  DramaRun Time: 128 min. Director:  Laurent CantetActors:  Francois Begaudeau, Nassim Amrabt, Franck Keita, Laura Baquela, Cherif Bounaidja Rachedi, Esmeralda Oeurtani, Wey Huang, Juliette Demaille, Dalla Doucoure, Arthur Fogel, Damien Gomes The previews for The Class, a foreign drama about a teacher trying to educate a diverse group of disinterested students, make you think that the film is a French-language version of the formulaic American teacher drama. Remember Stand and Deliver, Dangerous Minds, or more recently, Freedom Writers? Sure, those films have their merits, but by now we’ve all seen too many stories in which overmatched, outgunned teachers end up inspiring their slacker students. Dressing up that plot with subtitles can’t make any difference. The Class, which won the top award at the most recent Cannes Film Festival, dares to be different, mixing teacher-student interaction throughout the course of one year at a school in Paris with behind-the-scenes political maneuvers and struggles. Powered by long, uninterrupted sequences of back-and-forth dialogue between French teacher Francois Marin (Francois Begaudeau) and his students, The Class shines a light on the challenges and rewards of teaching but offers no easy solutions for the systemic problems that plague the education system both in the United States and abroad. Marin is dedicated, but he’s far from flawless in his approach to his profession. Director Laurent Cantet told Variety, “The teacher in Dead Poets Society never makes a mistake. We wanted to show a teacher who is always improvising, always negotiating and always making mistakes.” Begaudeau, who wrote the screenplay for the film, plays Marin. He’s been at the school four years, but each day starts the same, with Marin taking several minutes to quiet the students before engaging them in the day’s lesson. The diverse students—all of whom were actual students at Francoise Dolto Junior High at the time the movie was cast—are mostly immigrants, include Wei (Wey Huang), an Asian who has difficulty speaking and writing French; Souleyman (Franck Keita), who frequently disrupts the class and challenges the patience of Marin; and Sandra (Esmeralda Oeurtani), who reads Plato but can’t be bothered with Marin’s attempts to engage her in class discussion.SEE ALSO: Swank Shows Right Stuff in Inspirational Freedom Writers googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('gpt-ad-1'); }); Yet, Marin manages to find ways to draw out the students, prodding them for answers to his questions and sometimes allowing the students to dictate the direction of the day’s lesson. It’s a give-and-take that has worked for Marin, although not all of his colleagues share his flexible approach to teaching. The school’s teachers debate how much leeway to allow in their lesson plans, and whether a new penalty point system might result in better behavior among the students. Marin is the softer voice in the discussion, stressing flexibility where others want rigid adherence, and mercy where others seek a student’s expulsion. The understanding between the teachers is not shared by the students, who struggle to interpret Marin and his lessons correctly. This language barrier is one of the movie’s main themes. Marin helps his students unlock the meaning of words they don’t understand, and when Marin hosts parent/teacher conferences, one mother brings her son to interpret Marin’s comments, and her responses. Later, two of Marin’s pupils listen in as the school’s teachers debate expulsion of a disruptive classmate, but their questionable interpretation of Marin’s comments lead to a confrontation that imperils the teacher as well as his troubled pupil. At other times, the teacher and his class engage in back-and-forth dialogue that, in context with Cantet’s use of handheld cameras, feels electric, as Marin steers, cajoles and pushed the conversation. The great strength of The Class is in allowing its audience to identify with both Marin and his students, who, despite their insolence, are not always unjustified in their negativity. When Marin provides an opening for them to exploit, they do so, although the school’s other teachers, who struggle to keep their anger contained to the teachers’ lounge, still hold an upper hand in that debate. What is fair in disciplinary matters for students, and for teachers? Do certain behaviors demand punishment, regardless of the consequences that might result later? The Class explores these questions, without settling on easy answers. Marin, although not portrayed as a religious man, shows a dedication to his profession that echoes Scripture: “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom” (Ecclesiastes 9:10). The Class is a stimulating, and, at times, gripping look at educators doing their best, and at students who challenge them to be better. Questions? Comments? Contact the writer at [email protected]/* = 992 && gptClientWidth <= 1000000) googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('gpt-ad-3'); }); CAUTIONS: Drugs/Alcohol:  A champagne toast; smoking. Language/Profanity:  Lord’s name taken in vain; some foul language in subtitles; racial epithets. Sex/Nudity:  None, but an accusation that someone is a pedophile, and a rebuffed accusation that Marin is homosexual; a student reads another student’s paper and claims it includes thoughts about love-making, although the student denies it; a teacher says there’s no shame in liking female cleavage; a boy recites what he learned about human reproduction. Violence:  Marin kicks a desk in frustration; a classroom argument results in a cut eyebrow. ]]>
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Kelly Jane Torrance4
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  • MOVIES: 'The Class'

    "The Class" is up for an Oscar for best foreign-language film this weekend — but there's nothing foreign feeling about it. Published February 20, 2009

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    F. Scott Fitzgerald famously declared, "There are no second acts in American lives." Try telling that to Marion Barry. Published June 19, 2009

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    The French have been blessed for many years with great artists — and now a talented filmmaker finally has brought a little-known one to life. Published July 17, 2009

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VJ Morton2
Right Wing Film Geek



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  • Oscars predix
    (”The Class” is briefly mentioned in this.)

    Oscars predix

    These are my predictions for who will win the Oscars later tonight, in the major categories:

    Film: SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE (blech!!)
    Director: Danny Boyle, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE (blech!!)
    Lead actor: Sean Penn, MILK (blech!!)
    Lead actress: Kate Winslet, THE READER (blech!!, though her career deserves one)
    Supporting actor: Heath Ledger, THE DARK KNIGHT (worthy)
    Supporting actress: Viola Davis, DOUBT (worthy)
    Adapted script: John Patrick Shanley, DOUBT (worthy)
    Original script: Dustin Lance Black, MILK (blech!!)
    Animated film: WALL-E (worthy)
    Foreign film: Israel, WALTZ WITH BASHIR (blech!!)
    Song: “Down to Earth,” WALL-E (worthy)

    These are my opinions of who should win the Oscars later tonight, given these nominees in the major categories:

    Film: FROST/NIXON (ehhhh)
    Director: Danny Boyle, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE (double blech!!)
    Lead actor: Frank Langella, FROST/NIXON (though Mickey Rourke also would be more than worthy and is a more realistic upset pick)
    Lead actress: Anne Hathaway, RACHEL GETTING MARRIED (no chance)
    Supporting actor: Heath Ledger, THE DARK KNIGHT
    Supporting actress: Marisa Tomei, THE WRESTLER (the most wide-open category, so it could happen, but her earlier Oscar for MY COUSIN VINNY hurts)
    Adapted script: John Patrick Shanley, DOUBT
    Original script: Mike Leigh, HAPPY GO-LUCKY (as if…)
    Animated film: WALL-E
    Foreign film: Austria, REVANCHE (though France’s THE CLASS also would be more than worthy and is a more realistic upset pick)
    Song: “Down to Earth,” WALL-E

    These are my fantasies of who would be winning the Oscars later tonight, restricting myself to English-language work in the major categories:

    Film: RACHEL GETTING MARRIED
    Director: Guy Maddin, MY WINNIPEG
    Lead actor: Frank Langella, FROST/NIXON
    Lead actress: Sally Hawkins, HAPPY GO-LUCKY
    Supporting actor: Robert Downey Jr., TROPIC THUNDER (though even unsentimental moi would find the pressure for a posthumous Ledger win hard to resist)
    Supporting actress: Ann Savage, MY WINNIPEG
    Adapted script: Jonathan and Christopher Nolan, THE DARK KNIGHT
    Original script: Joel and Ethan Coen, BURN AFTER READING
    Animated film: CHICAGO 10
    Foreign film: Romania, 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS, 2 DAYS (or Austria’s REVANCHE given what got submitted this year under these rules; Romania submitted 4 MONTHS last year and naturally didn’t even get a nomination)
    Song: “The Wrestler,” THE WRESTLER (though I’d pick “Gran Torino” on the guarantee that Clint would sing it)

    These are my unbridled fantasies of who would be winning the Oscars later tonight:

    Film: 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS, 2 DAYS
    Director: Carlos Reygadas, SILENT LIGHT
    Lead actor: Francois Begaudeau, THE CLASS
    Lead actress: Anamaria Marinca, 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS, 2 DAYS
    Supporting actor: Robert Downey Jr., TROPIC THUNDER (I’d still find the pressure for a posthumous Ledger win hard to resist)
    Supporting actress: Ann Savage, MY WINNIPEG
    Adapted script: Jonathan and Christopher Nolan, THE DARK KNIGHT
    Original script: Joel and Ethan Coen, BURN AFTER READING
    Animated film: CHICAGO 10
    Foreign film: Category does not exist
    Song: “Pappu Can’t Dance,” JAANE TU YA JAANE YA (and here is the scene of that A.R. Rahman song)

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    6 Comments »

    1. You do realize that Robert Downey Jr. was, in fact, nominated for TROPIC THUNDER, right?

      Comment by Adam Villani | February 23, 2009 | Reply

    2. yay! Whoops! “pappu cant dance saala’ as best song! hohohoho! you sure have eclectic taste, and if it isnt just a ‘consolation’ for a target audience, then you might possibly be the first real ‘International’ ‘critic'( hate that word, with its snobbish connotations).Man, you just made my day!
      Although,Its Rahman at his ‘college-remix’ best, I do remember better Hindi songs of the past year( Rahman’s songs for ‘dumbed-down-stolen-premise-of-Memento’ Ghazini, have some soothing, funky, pop, disco numbers. His latest song “Masakali” for Delhi 6 is such a rousing tribute to a girl and her pigeon, its by far his best in years IMHO). But, I guess you cant listen to each one of the perpetual inundation of Indian songs..

      Comment by preuxchevalier | February 23, 2009 | Reply

    3. Oh, and I forgot about Jodha Akbar.( a film that doesnt quite do justice to its scope, vision and its ‘Hottest-actor’ and ‘sexiest-actress lead) I features on of the most versatile collection of ghazals, odes-to-an-emperor, sufi mysticism, and romantic songs, by, who else, but A. R. Rahman.( not Ra-kh-man, as the dumb presenters announced, as if he were a German autocrat)

      Comment by preuxchevalier | February 23, 2009 | Reply

    4. YES!!!…for Anamaria Marinca.

      Comment by leyla sunchine | February 23, 2009 | Reply

    5. But I thought A.R. Rahman was a German autocrat…?

      Comment by Dan | March 7, 2009 | Reply

    6. Starting to get a little concerned. Are you shut down for good? Or just taking a break?

      Comment by ptiv | April 30, 2009 | Reply


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