The Class is currently playing in New York and Los Angeles but will soon be released to theatres nationwide. I am so glad that this movie was picked up for release as such because based on what I have researched so far, I feel I must do my part in highly recommending it.
The story is in French (with English subtitles) and it revolves around an academic year in a middle school located in the toughest of neighborhoods in Paris, where a teacher named Francois and his colleagues take on the challenge of shaping and molding the troubled kids in their classrooms.
The movie is beautifully done, no doubt. It touches on a universal account of teacher/student relations, struggles and triumphs. It is entirely filmed within the walls of a Paris middle school and through a documentary style of film, is able to relay the message and capture your heart.
**Note: Director France’s Laurent Cantet won the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday with “Entre les murs” (the original movie title) The event marks France’s first Golden Palm after 21 years.