The class

The class

DVD - 2009 | French
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François and his fellow teachers prepare for a new year at a high school in a tough neighborhood. Armed with the best intentions, they brace themselves to not let discouragement stop them from trying to give the best education to their students. Cultures and attitudes often clash in the classroom, a microcosm of contemporary France. As amusing and inspiring as the teenaged students can be, their difficult behavior can still jeopardize any teacher's enthusiasm for the low-paying job. François insists on an atmosphere of respect and diligence. Neither stuffy nor severe, his extravagant frankness often takes the students by surprise. But his classroom ethics are put to the test when his students begin to challenge his methods.
Publisher: [S.l.] : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, c2009
Edition: Widescreen
ISBN: 9781435946255
1435946251
Branch Call Number: DVD CLA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (130 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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nellybells
Jun 25, 2018

Mixed comments below, that some found it boring is perplexing. I first read the book years ago, then saw the movie when it first came out. This is my second time and it still fascinated me. A classroom full of teenagers in an immigrant community in Paris -- French, Chinese, Moroccan, Caribbean, Malian. How the conflicts play out, they rise and rise some more, and then a crisis. One girl in particular has a keen and incisive mind, and she is aware of how social class is expressed in the French language. It's a good look at the French system. All the teachers seem to know all the students from past classes and from the present. Sno-Isle has only one copy.

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JackamoJames
Jul 14, 2015

Incredibly boring made even more so due to the high marks and expectations. I have been to high school and don't need to relive a so called week in the life of a teacher.
To sir with love has nothing to worry about and this is just all hype and no hip.

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0cho
Sep 04, 2014

No idea why this movie got such high marks. More of a documentary on a teacher in an inner Parisian school. Rather pointless.

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klemens82
Jun 04, 2013

Very intense and realistic film about a very engaged young teacher in a French school. Enjoyed it! If you speak a little French it might be even better since a lot of the French spoken in the film is easy to understand.

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Herve Monier
Oct 20, 2012

excellent movie, very well done!

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Bienvenu
Aug 08, 2011

This is the worst movie I've ever seen.

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NanaPat
Feb 28, 2011

This film nearly drove me nuts. It's based on the autobiography of French teacher Francois Begaudeau who also plays Mr. Marin in the movie. The modern day , melting pot of French society , portrayed in this classroom seriously made my blood boil. After years in the educational system, I found the lack of discipline , respect and incredibly weak understanding of the English language absolutely frightening. The struggles in this film are deepened by the lack of responsibility teachers are forced to accept in such a culturally diverse situation. The film was long ( 2 hrs 10 mins) and the English voice overs weren't the best ; however , the film drew me in and even with the frustration of facing a new reality within the educational system ,I enjoyed the film.

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geomillar
Feb 21, 2011

Now, if you like docu-feature films that put troubled teens against their tortured teachers, then this French film will make your evening. I was interested throughout the film but felt myself saying "So what!" after it was over.

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darcelink
Jan 31, 2010

wow--terrific movie. to sir with love it ain't. multiracial kids, white teacher. played by the author of book it's based on. has the feel of a doc.

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Michael
Nov 30, 2009

No wonder President Nicolas Sarkozy has asked his country's social scientists to take another look at its current and future multicultural social fabric! If the educational system in France's capital city is as inept as this movie portrays it to be, it's a harbinger for trouble to come - nationwide! The students in this film are inner-city Paris partisans, who have more than a healthy curiosity about life and the subjects being taught to them. It seems, they also have a really nasty disrespect for their teachers and the school system, and each other, and life in general. All this at 13-14 years of age, if you can believe the movie's script.
Ah, yes... the script... clearly, it WAS scripted... so who is ready to swallow even half of what the director would have you believe is true? Or is any or all of it, fabrications dedicated to French director Laurent Cantet's overly active "cinema verite" style. For example - what educational system allows students from a peer group of thirteen year olds, equal access to and billing in a teachers' scrum where very personal comments about other students general conduct and subject-grades are being discussed? Did it never occur to any of these adult mental midgets assigned to the task of teaching these dubious delinquents that those so-called reps would lack the maturity necessary to keep the sanctity of such a meeting - private and confidential?
Of course - as might be expected by any reasonable person watching this ridiculous scenario unfold - the two student reps, still grappling with puberty and fluctuating hormones, spill the beans to their classmates on what was said at the meeting, thus leading to a fabricated conflict in the film, that serves as a microcosm for much of the tension in the classroom.
People who are critical of Canada's multiculturalism policies that have been in effect since the 1960's should thank their lucky stars that our country, at least, had the foresight to see and deal with the issues that France and much of Europe is only now facing. And - judging by this film's flash icon of Paris' educational system - is handling very badly!
As for the film itself - I kept shaking my head at it - unable to believe its main characters' (especially the teachers - what dolts!) "in-a-closet-like-approach" to imminent alarm - crisis - and danger. If this is truly a slice of what Paris' inner-city educational institutions have become, then the response of the people in charge, seems surreal. It's either that - or director Cantet sensationalized and took gross liberties with his artistic license - all for hype's sake and shock value!
So far out of Paris... no new French revolution... therefore, for now, I'll assume, the latter.

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Feb 28, 2011

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Feb 28, 2011

Peter Travers of the Rolling Stone called the film :
"Fierce,Funny and Moving. Truly Unmissable"

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