At a tough inner-city middle school in Paris, a dedicated teacher named Mr. Marin (Begaudeau) begins the new term. Taking on a class comprised of a melting pot of modern-day French society, he pushes and prods his pupils while striving to gain their respect. And as each side challenges the other over issues both academic and personal, Mr. Marin and his students are about to get an education they'll never forget. The winner of the Palme D'Or at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, THE CLASS is both powerful and provocative, "an artful, intelligent movie" (Manohla Dargis, THE NEW YORK TIMES) based on Begaudeau's best-selling autobiographical novel.
Won: Golden Palm, 2008 Cannes Film Festival; Best Writing: Adaptation, 2009 Cesar Awards
Nominated: Best Foreign Language Film, 2009 Academy Awards
This is one of the screen's most rewarding explorations of the teacher/student relationship in any language. Every voice we hear makes sense