The Class

Starring: François Begaudeau Director: Laurent Cantet  Rated: PG-13: Parents Strongly Cautioned for Children Under 13
The Class
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG-13
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2009
  • Label: Sony Pictures
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Stereo - Spanish
    • Dubbed - English
    • Dubbed, Subtitles - Spanish
    • LCR 3.0 - French, English
    • Subtitles - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Making Of
    • Audio Commentary: Select Scene Commentaries

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Performers, Cast and Crew:

Performer: , , , , , , , &
Directed by
Screenwriting by , &
Produced by , , &
Director of Photography: , &

Major Awards:

Cannes 2008 - Palme d'Or

Entertainment Reviews:

Box Office - 12/01/2008
5 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's a fantastic example of vérité filmmaking that gains much of its power from its verisimilitude....In mesmerizing fashion, Cantet and Bégaudeau have molded material taken from reality into a resonant work of art."
Film Comment - 01/01/2009
"The greatest pleasure in THE CLASS is seeing an actual teacher -- a skilled, creative teacher -- at work....Cantet orchestrates the myriad conflicts that arise within and among everyone involved with intelligence and subtlety. THE CLASS is thoroughly absorbing from beginning to end."
Entertainment Weekly - 12/26/2008
Included in Entertainment Weekly's 2008 Films Of The Year -- "THE CLASS becomes the most revealing inspirational-teacher film ever made, a moving and memorable look at what knowledge really is."
USA Today - 01/30/2009
"[A] thought-provoking film. Told in a quasi-documentary style, THE CLASS is tightly focused on the struggles, squabbles and occasional triumphs of a Parisian high school teacher and his ethnically diverse class."
Entertainment Weekly - 02/05/2009
"THE CLASS is one of the most alive and engrossing movies ever to take on the rich, infinitely renewable topic of school-as-life, and make it feel real. Unscripted. And above all, honest." -- Grade: A
Chicago Sun-Times - 02/06/2009
4 stars out of 4 -- "It is about the power struggle between a teacher who wants to do good and students who disagree about what 'good' is."
Wall Street Journal - 02/05/2009
"If the movie looks like a documentary, it feels like what it is: a powerful work that mixes fact and fiction in the service of truth."
Total Film - 03/01/2009
4 stars out of 5 -- "[The film] feels effortlessly convincing....Not since Bertrand Tavernier's 1999 CA COMMENCE AUJOURD'HUI have we seen a school this real on screen."
Empire - 03/01/2009
4 stars out of 5 -- "The debuting Begaudeau ably captures the enthusiasm and discomfort of an idealist....The resulting stand-offs are tense, amusing and never anything less than authentic."
Chicago Sun-Times - 12/27/2009
Included in Chicago Sun-Times's "The Best Foreign Films Of 2009" -- "[THE CLASS acheives] an uncanny spontaneity and realism."

Product Description:

Realistic story follows a junior high class over the course of a year as it tests its teacher's methods.

Product Description:

Realistic story follows a junior high class over the course of a year as it tests its teacher's methods.

Plot Keywords:

High School Students | Students | Teachers | Theatrical Release

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  • Sales Rank: 38,434
  • UPC: 043396287532
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