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The Class
Entre Les Murs
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Novelist Francois Bégaudeau plays Monsieur Marin, a French teacher modelled after his real life self. He works at a public school in Paris and deals with some of the toughest kids in the city. It's not that all of them are violent, they're just rebellious, disruptive, and distracted, and none of them like being at school. The film explores Monsieur Marin's struggle to manage the students as well as his failure and success at teaching them. His group of students are made up of a racially and socially diverse group of teens that are, as a whole, the antagonist in this compelling film. Based on the autobiographical novel, the film's immediacy and intimacy arises from its use of real students. Laurent Cantet (47) was born into a family of schoolteachers. He graduated from Paris's L’IDHEC film school in 1996. His feature film debut came in 1999 with "Human Resources", which won him the Best New Director prize at San Sebastian and a Cesar for Best First Work. His fourth film, "The Class", won the Palme D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for two European Film Academy awards.
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