François’ honest demeanor has made him a hit with the students he teaches in a rough Parisian neighborhood. However this year, things will be different. As the students begin to challenge his methods François will find his classroom ethics put to the ultimate test.
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Probably the best example of the advantages of improvisation: set up a camera and let it run. A very credible and authentic film. Also interesting to see the French problem from a different angle: by law the kids are as French as the teacher, but they don't want to be French. They do everything to fight for their own identity. For me, the film is a very good contribution to see the complexity of social structures.
Based on the real experiences of a French teacher in a tough neighbourhood in Paris,this feels authentic as we get to know the students.Indeed,a diverse group of mainly immigrants,lucky to have a teacher who cares.Which results in interactions which are complex,absorbing,with no easy solutions.
IMMIGRATION Part 4. Pauvre - et bientôt inexistante - France ... profs timorés et lèche-culs à l'image de nos politiciens, lâcheté sous couvert de bien-pensance, laxisme, combat d'arrière-garde, renoncement & soumission devant l'arrogance, l'insolente vigueur de populations en terrain conquis, qui dès leur plus jeune âge n'ont que mépris pour notre société qui s'agenouille sans résistance ...
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.
interesting and a kind of boring at the same time. at least frustrating to be a teacher who wants to do the best he can but also uses his power at moments. yes we're just all humans with out weakness and power.
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.