Thursday, September 18, 2008

Entre les Murs...

Okay, so if 'Mamma Mia!' is a film that must be seen in English, I imagine that 'Entre les Murs' (Between the Walls, or The Class) would lose alot of its effect if watched in any other language than French.

The winner of this year's Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival comes out next week in France. Wildly received at Cannes, this film-with-a-documentary-feel shows the reality of classroom life in a junior highschool in the multi-ethnic 20th arrondissement of Paris.

The story covers a year in the life of the class and their teacher, played by real students and Francois Bégaudeau, who wrote the book from which the film is adapted. From struggles with learning French grammar to tension-filled power struggles between teacher and students, the film has been lauded as being one of the best insights into the educational process that has been made in a long time.

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