The Class
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François is a tough but fair teacher working in one of France's toughest schools, and his honest demeanor in the classroom has made him a great success with the students. But this year things are different, because when the students begin to challenge his methods François will find his classroom ethics put to the ultimate test. François Bégaudeau stars in director Laurent Cantet's entry into the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"But ultimately it's a fascinating, sometimes exhilarating movie that seems to make a genuine contact with the classroom, and shows us an educational system struggling, and managing, to survive."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards,
"The fact that it's based on a book written by a former teacher who also stars in the film gives it more than a bit of authenticity"
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"...the sort of film that one admires more than one enjoys..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"In the tidiest pitch-speak, it's the Dardennes do Degrassi, a convincingly intimate glimpse at the epic battle waged against apathy in schools the world over."
‑ William Goss, Orlando Weekly
"A great achievement in cinematic realism...when conflict arises, and it frequently does, the filmmakers refuse to instruct us on who's right and who's wrong, making the film its own kind of Socratic lecture. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Most impressive, Cantet tracks the racial and ethnic resentments that simmer beneath the classroom discussions but become harder to quell when the parents get involved."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"These kids aren't always all right. But they are consistently riveting."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"You will be sporadically moved by The Class, and maybe even inspired. You will also feel overpowering despair. But mostly: You will want to hug anyone who has ever, ever been a schoolteacher."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"The Class has considerable urgency and growing humor"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Un film tan realista que parece un documental ficcionado, y que se beneficia de la naturalidad de sus "actores". No es un film dramático tradicional, es más bien una reflexión sobre el sistema educativo y los vínculos dentro del salón de clase."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"The Class, an Oscar-nominated French film about a Paris middle school, should be required viewing for anybody considering a career in teaching."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"A sparkling, clever work whose ensemble cast impresses, surprises, wrongfoots and disappoints you in exactly the same fashion a class might its teacher."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Seems to question the continued effectiveness of an old teaching approach and its ability to adapt to new problems as well as modern variations of old ones."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"creates dramatic energy without a tightly delineated storyline"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Cantet's film lulls the spectator into the rhythms of the everyday reality of school, belying a very carefully coordinated narrative structure that only becomes apparent in its final act."
‑ Leo Goldsmith, indieWIRE
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