Director Laurent Cantet (Time Out
) delivers the Parisian entry in the "schoolteacher struggles in the urban multicultural classroom" sweepstakes. If the critical buzz is to be believed, it's actually good. Here, the teacher is played by an actual teacher, who co-wrote the script based on his novel, and the students are played by actual students.
The Class (Entre les murs
) opens Jan. 20 (hopefully in Portland) and is rated PG-13.
Image of François Bégaudeau in The Class