The Class (2008)

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  • IMDb page: The Class (2008)
  • Rate: 7.6/10 total 14,921 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 24 September 2008 (France)
  • Runtime: Argentina:128 min | France:128 min | USA:128 min
  • Gross: $3,766,595(USA)(7 June 2009)
  • Director: Laurent Cantet
  • Stars: François Bégaudeau, Agame Malembo-Emene and Angélica Sancio
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS (US prints)
  • Plot Keyword: Student | Teacher | School | High School | Inner City

Writing Credits By:

  • Laurent Cantet (scenario) and
  • Robin Campillo (scenario) and
  • François Bégaudeau (scenario)
  • François Bégaudeau (inspired by the book)

Known Trivia

  • France’s official submission for the 2008 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.
  • First French film to win the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival since 1987. According to jury president Sean Penn, the choice was unanimous.
  • The French title – Entre les murs – translated into English means “Between the Walls” (as in a classroom).

Plot: Teacher and novelist François Bégaudeau plays a version of himself as he negotiates a year with his racially mixed students from a tough Parisian neighborhood. Full summary »  »

Story: Teacher François Marin and his colleagues are preparing for another school year teaching at a racially mixed inner city high school in Paris. The teachers talk to each other about their prospective students, both the good and the bad. The teachers collectively want to inspire their students, but each teacher is an individual who will do things in his or her own way to achieve the results they desire. They also have differing viewpoints on the students themselves, and how best to praise and discipline them. The administration of the school tries to be as fair as possible, which includes having student representatives sit on the student evaluation committee. Marin's class this year of fourteen and fifteen year olds is no different than previous years, although the names and faces have changed. Marin tries to get through to his students, sometimes with success and sometimes resulting in utter failure…Written by Huggo  

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Produced By:

  • Simon Arnal known as producer
  • Caroline Benjo known as producer
  • Barbara Letellier known as producer
  • Carole Scotta known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • François Bégaudeau known as François Marin
  • Agame Malembo-Emene known as Agame
  • Angélica Sancio known as Angélica
  • Arthur Fogel known as Arthur
  • Boubacar Toure known as Boubacar
  • Burak Özyilmaz known as Burak
  • Carl Nanor known as Carl
  • Cherif Bounaïdja Rachedi known as Cherif
  • Dalla Doucoure known as Dalla
  • Damien Gomes known as Damien
  • Esmeralda Ouertani known as Esmeralda
  • Eva Paradiso known as Eva
  • Henriette Kasaruhanda known as Henriette
  • Juliette Demaille known as Juliette
  • Justine Wu known as Justine
  • Rachel Regulier known as Khoumba
  • Laura Baquela known as Laura
  • Louise Grinberg known as Louise
  • Lucie Landrevie known as Lucie
  • Nassim Amrabt known as Nassim
  • Qifei Huang known as Qifei
  • Rabah Nait Oufella known as Rabah
  • Samantha Soupirot known as Samantha
  • Franck Keïta known as Souleymane
  • Wei Huang known as Wei
  • Anne Wallimann-Charpentier known as Les Profs – Anne
  • Cécile Lagarde known as Les Profs – Cécile
  • Frédéric Faujas known as Les Profs – Fred
  • Vincent Robert known as Les Profs – Hervé
  • Olivier Dupeyron known as Les Profs – Olivier
  • Patrick Dueruil known as Les Profs – Patrick
  • Dorothée Guilbot known as Les Profs – Rachel
  • Anne Langlois known as Les Profs – Sophie
  • Vincent Gaire known as Les Profs – Vincent
  • Yvette Mournetas known as Les Profs – Yvette
  • Julie Athenol known as La CPE
  • Jean-Michel Simonet known as Le principal
  • Olivier Pasquier known as L'intendant
  • Stéphane Longour known as Les surveillants
  • Abdoul Drahamane Sissoko known as Les surveillants
  • Aline Zimierski known as La cantiniére
  • Silma Aktar known as Les femmes de ménage
  • Marie-Annette Sorrente known as Les femmes de ménage
  • Gilles Gourmelen
  • Frédérique Alles
  • Isabelle Lamrani
  • Marianne Auzary
  • Stéphane Leyvigne
  • Gaelle Bantegnie
  • Isabelle Mesplede
  • Valérie Benguigui
  • Gokmen Nalcakan
  • Jean-François Chauvet
  • Farida Ouchani
  • Christiane Dancie
  • Mario Fanfani
  • Fatoumata Kanteé known as La mére de Souleymane
  • Cheick Baba Doumbia known as Le frére de Souleymane
  • Lingfen Huang known as La mére de Wei
  • Wenlong Huang known as Le pére de Wei
  • Khalid Amrabt known as Le pére de Nassim
  • Adeline Fogel known as La mére d'Arthur
  • Sezer Özyilmaz known as La mére de Burak

..{tab=Supporting Department}Art Department:

  • Sabine Barthélémy known as set dresser

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Production Companies:

  • Haut et Court (present)
  • France 2 Cinéma (co-production)
  • Canal+ (participation)
  • CinéCinéma (participation)
  • France 2 (FR2) (participation)
  • Soficinéma 3 (in association with)
  • Centre National de la Cinématographie (CNC) (participation)
  • L'Acsé (participation)
  • Région Ile-de-France (support)
  • Cofinova 4 (in association with)
  • Fonds Images de la Diversité (support)
  • Procirep (support)
  • Programme MEDIA de la Communauté Européenne (support)

Other Companies:

  • Éditions Gallimard  book publisher: © 2006
  • Donna Daniels Public Relations  publicity: US release (uncredited)

Distributors:

  • Haut et Court (2008) (France) (theatrical)
  • France Télévision Distribution (2009) (France) (DVD) (also Blu-ray)
  • AmaFilms (2008) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • ArtCam (2008) (Czech Republic) (theatrical)
  • Camera Film (2009) (Denmark) (theatrical)
  • Cinéart (2008) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • EDKO Film (2008) (Hong Kong) (theatrical)
  • Filmcoopi Zürich (2008-2009) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
  • Kino Bez Granits (2008) (Russia) (theatrical)
  • Primer Plano Film Group (2009) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Classics (2008) (Australia) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Classics (2008) (Mexico) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Classics (2008) (New Zealand) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Classics (2008) (USA) (theatrical) (subtitled)
  • Tokyo Theaters Company (2010) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Artificial Eye (2009) (UK) (all media)
  • Barbar Film (2008) (Turkey) (all media)
  • Cinema Mondo (2009) (Finland) (all media)
  • Concorde Filmverleih (2008) (Germany) (all media)
  • Film1 (2009) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Golem Distribución (2008) (Spain) (all media)
  • Imovision (2009) (Brazil) (all media)
  • Mikado (2008) (Italy) (all media)
  • NonStop Entertainment (2008) (Sweden) (all media)
  • SPInka (2008) (Poland) (all media)
  • Sony Pictures Classics (2008) (Canada) (all media)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (Canada) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Transeuropa Video Entertainment (TVE) (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Twin Pics (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)

..{tab=Other Stuff}Release Date:

  • France 24 May 2008 (Cannes Film Festival)
  • Greece 17 September 2008 (Athens Film Festival)
  • France 24 September 2008
  • Spain 25 September 2008 (Donostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival)
  • USA 26 September 2008 (New York Film Festival)
  • Finland 28 September 2008 (Helsinki International Film Festival)
  • Belgium 1 October 2008
  • Italy 10 October 2008
  • Israel 16 October 2008
  • Austria 17 October 2008 (Vienna International Film Festival)
  • Greece 23 October 2008
  • Poland 24 October 2008
  • Portugal 30 October 2008
  • Canada 14 November 2008 (Ottawa European Union Film Festival)
  • Germany 14 November 2008 (Französische Filmtage Tübingen)
  • Czech Republic 20 November 2008 (French Film Festival)
  • Czech Republic 27 November 2008
  • Netherlands 27 November 2008
  • Turkey 28 November 2008
  • Canada 29 November 2008 (Vancouver European Union Film Festival)
  • Russia 4 December 2008 (limited)
  • Romania 12 December 2008
  • Latvia 13 December 2008
  • United Arab Emirates 13 December 2008 (Dubai International Film Festival)
  • Sweden 19 December 2008
  • USA 19 December 2008 (limited)
  • Norway 26 December 2008
  • Croatia 7 January 2009
  • Germany 15 January 2009
  • Iceland 16 January 2009 (French Film Festival)
  • Spain 16 January 2009
  • Australia 22 January 2009
  • Denmark 23 January 2009
  • Finland 23 January 2009
  • UK 18 February 2009 (Glasgow Film Festival)
  • Hong Kong 19 February 2009
  • Estonia 20 February 2009
  • Ireland 27 February 2009
  • UK 27 February 2009
  • Argentina 12 March 2009 (Pantalla Pinamar Festival)
  • Brazil 13 March 2009
  • France 24 March 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Italy 24 March 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Portugal 26 March 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Argentina 16 April 2009
  • Hungary 23 April 2009
  • New Zealand 23 April 2009
  • UK 8 June 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Mexico 14 June 2009 (Foro Internacional de la Cineteca)
  • Mexico 4 September 2009
  • South Korea 1 April 2010
  • Japan 12 June 2010

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for language

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