I’m a big fan of the teacher-movie genre, and a new French film, The Class, reviewed by CT, sounds like a winner.
It is almost, but not quite, a documentary. The French title—Entre les Murs—comes from the book that inspired it, an account by François Bégaudeau of his experiences teaching Parisian middle schoolers. Part of the film’s remarkably persuasive authenticity comes from the fact that Bégaudeau does, in fact, play the part of the teacher—Mr. Marin. It’s a territory he clearly understands. He and the young actors improvised a great deal of the dialogue, “playing classroom” while Cantet’s cameras caught wonderful moments of spontaneity and revealing subtleties.
Dead Poets Society and The Emperor’s Club are two of the best.