I love watching young people act and that's where the stars are coming out, I just love their acting and manners, but as another user (Nikyatu) pointed out it's so transparent and tiring to see another frustrated angelic white teacher come into a banlieue classroom and be seen as the victim. And of course I haven't commented on all the movies I've rated.
Cleverly set only inside the school, this film is a fine and honest depiction of the state of today's education system without taking sides. Raw, realistic, often ugly and unpleasant and ethically ambiguous, leaving much room to interpretation, perfectly summed up by a student by the end of the movie. "I have not learned anything". A brilliant scene in my opinion. Watch the movie and draw your own conclusions.
A fascinating film from a British perspective, due to the insight it gives into the French school system. Cantet elicits some fine, natural performances from the students in the film. It effectively offers a complex portrait of inner-city Parisian racial cross-currents. The ending had much of the quiet anger of a film like THE VISITOR, with the school system itself being questioned as to it's efficacy and relevance.
Loved the dedication to the classroom form, so few scenes take place outside of the room. It really felt like going to school again. Thought the film did very well, showing both sides of being a teacher. So many classroom films glorify there teachers, this guy felt like a real human, not just a textbook example.
Wow! Really liked it! It has been on my to watch list for a long time, I was constantly postponing viewing it, just because a lot of the films I've seen recently didn't match my expectations; I thought it will be the same story. Many of the previous award-winning works focused on social issues were lacking the aesthetics, from my point of view. But what a surprise! And what a great performance from the leading actor!