Thursday, March 12, 2009

The Class (Entre les murs)

dangerous minds... in french?

the class is basically a dramatized year in the life of one high school french class. the students often provide challenges and problems for their teacher mr. marin. the way this film was shot worked very well. i was reminded of real high school, and it didn't seem faked at all. i can only assume many of the students weren't real actors, and they were all great. the film didn't take sides at all, and showed the teachers' problems as well as the students point of view. mr. marin is tried and tested many times. he also makes many disciplinary mistakes and leaves himself vulnerable to his students throughout. the class was very well done, but overall i didn't feel satisfied with the film. maybe that was the point.

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