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Written by and starring real-life teacher François Bégaudeau, The Class (winner of the Palme d'Or in 2008 at Cannes) is a schoolroom drama that avoids all the genre's clichés to stage a fresh and energetic look at the complex boundaries between teacher and student. Based on Bégaudeau's autobiographical novel Entre Les Murs, the action takes place entirely within school walls, but beneath the authentic chatter of middle-school students is a complex spectrum of economic, social and ethnic tensions, imported from the outside world and the root of several outbursts of rebellion and good humour, whether the broody defiance of Malian student Souleymane or the playful impudence of Esmerelda (who challenges the use of traditional Gallic names in black-board examples of French grammar). It is with this complicated cross-section of young minds that their teacher, Monsieur Marin, must engage, redirecting his students' energies into productive lessons with an artful mix of Socratic challenges, liberal empathy and iron authority. The performance is relentless. A single slip can--and eventually does--lead to a standoff, but the central narrative comes second to the inspirational teaching: watching a man of good-conscience diligently create the optimum conditions for emerging intellects is uplifting and enjoyable. --Leo Batchelor