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The Class Review


The Class is a foreign movie with real non-foreign issues. This movie doesn’t offer solutions, instead it underlines that perhaps we are not heading in the right direction with our children’s education.

The Class is a foreign movie with real non-foreign issues. This movie doesn’t offer solutions, instead it underlines that perhaps we are not heading in the right direction with our children’s education.

My rating 4.5 Stars

Rarely do movies break the mold and become a genre onto itself. If you think about all of the different genres available, there really are not very many of them. You have your comedies, your dramas, your horrors, your thrillers and suspense, your documentaries, your musicals, your animations, and your short stories. Compared to the number of movies available, that really is not very  many. So when something new comes along, at least for me, it is always a real treat.

The Class is a hybrid between a drama and a documentary. The reason for this is because there was a script and there were some real actors, however, most of the students were not actors and most of the dialog was ad-libbed by the cast throughout the making of this film. When I first heard of this, I thought this movie was going to be a confusing, jumbled mess. The movie was a big mess, but in spite of that, it was quite gripping. There were lots of scenes during teaching sessions where all that was involved was the teacher going over French grammar. It almost sounds boring, but I was not bored at all. Robin Campillo and Stephanie Leger, the editors of this film did a wonderful job at keeping the interest in such a trivial subject like academics.

The Class reminded me a lot of Freedom Writers which I enjoyed quite a bit as well. However, this movie was a little darker, not so much with the happy endings. In fact The Class leaves you wondering about what happens next. However, I think that’s where this movie is such much different than anything I have ever seen. This movie was about a school class and it stayed true to the concept throughout. In the end, well there is no end, school continues hopefully for the rest of our lives. Aren’t we always learning?

This film was about an inner city school in Paris, France. I swear if it had not been for the French language it was like being back in school in Cleveland, OH. I guess school is school anywhere you go. The movie also focused on the school staff also, especially the French grammar teacher. However, the movie wasn’t about him, they truly focused on the class.

The Class is a wonderful movie/documentary. Perhaps a little long and definitely not for everyone, if you enjoy something different, aka a great story line, I think you will enjoy this film.

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