Begaudeau, Francois

SKU: 043396300385

UPC 043396300385
Release Date 2009-08-11
Studio Sony Pictures Home
Discs 1
Length 130
Format Color
MPAA Rating PG-13 (MPAA)
Synopsis 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. Unlike his more formally written early films like HUMAN RESOURCES and TIME OUT, Cantet proves that he has an ability to work in a more improvisational manner. Shooting on HD and working with a cast of young non-actors, he allows THE CLASS to breathe, resulting in a fictional drama that has the spirit and energy of a documentary. His startlingly assured ensemble brings the new, culturally diverse France of the early 21st century to striking life.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.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.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.[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.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: A4 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.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.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.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.Included in Chicago Sun-Times's The Best Foreign Films Of 2009 -- [THE CLASS acheives] an uncanny spontaneity and realism.
Cast Laurent Cantet (Director)
Caroline Benjo (Producer)
Olivier Dupeyron (Star)
Laura Baquela (Star)
Dalla Doucoure (Star)
Carole Scotta (Producer)
Patrick Dureuil (Star)
Cherif Bounaidja Rachedi (Star)
Vincent Caire (Star)
Simon Amal (Producer)
Arthur Fogel (Star)
Nassim Amrabt (Star)
François Begaudeau (Star)
Pierre Milon (Director of Photography)
Georgi Lazarevski (Director of Photography)
François Begaudeau (Source Writer)
Catherine Pujol (Director of Photography)
Barbara Letellier (Producer)
Laurent Cantet (Screenwriter)
Robin Campillo (Screenwriter)
Juliette Demaille (Star)
François Begaudeau (Screenwriter)
Sounds/Subtitles Blu-ray Disc Features: Package Note: Region ABC Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35 Audio: Dolby TrueHD 3.0 - English, French Dubbed - English Dubbed, Subtitles - Spanish LCR 3.0 - French LCR 3.0 - Spanish Stereo - French Subtitles - English SDH, French Additional Release Material: Making Of Behind the Scenes: 1. Actors' Workshop Audio Commentary: 1. Select Scene Commentaries Text/Photo Galleries: Actors' Self-Portraits
Language English
Sounds/Subtitles Realistic story follows a junior high class over the course of a year as it tests its teacher's methods.
Language English
Weight 0.20000
Height 0.35000
Width 5.30000
Depth 6.75000
Format Code Blu-ray Hi-Def DVD
Library Subject Foreign Film - French,Feature Film Drama
Attribute Widescreen
Product Code Movie

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