The Class (2008)

Director
Laurent Cantet

Main cast
François Bégaudeau; Franck Keïta; Esmeralda Ouertani; Rachel Regulier; Wei Huang

Genres
Drama, Foreign

Description
Teacher and novelist François Bégaudeau plays a version of himself as he negotiates a year with his racially mixed students from a tough Parisian neighborhood.


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