Spring 2009 Edge series
Sunday, April 26, 2009 at 4:00pm
Sunday, April 26, 2009 at 7:00pm
Directed by Laurence Cantet
Screenplay by François Bégaudeau
Starring François Begaudeau, Nassim Amrabt, Laura Baquela, Cherif Bounaidja Rachedi
Rated NR ·
Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, master French director Laurent Cantet’s The Class is an absorbing journey into a multicultural high school in Paris over the course of a school year. François Begaudeau–an actual teacher and the author upon whose work the film was based–is utterly convincing as François, an openminded teacher in charge of a classroom of youngsters from a wide variety of backgrounds. Of course, the mere fact that he’s older and in a position of authority causes his students to challenge him on many occasions. François is stuck in the middle. In the teacher conferences, he butts heads with the harsher adults who don’t appear to have any sympathy for their students. In class, his attempts to be lenient and understanding are somehow misinterpreted and he finds himself arguing with the kids that he so clearly wants to help. As the school year progresses, tensions rise, until François finds himself in a position he never imagined he’d be in.