Entre Les Murs, directed by Laurent
Cantet, 128 minutes, 2008, France
Festival Palme d’Or
The students in a high school in a tough
and a teacher who tries to find ways to reach his multi-cultural students
are the stars of this film.
The African, Arab and Asian 14-15-year-olds trigger
the stark realization that life is different in other
parts of the world.
It's a portrait of the kind of school that you can
The students are brash and undisciplined.
They have come from elsewhere and are trying to eke out
a life in a new country.
The subject of teacher versus students has been tackled
in both fiction films and documentaries:
Blackboard Jungle (Richard Brooks, USA, 1955)
High School (Frederick Wiseman, USA, 1968)
Une Vie du Prof, (Hervé Chabalier, France, 1994)
Chabalier's film inspired
Le Plus beau métier du monde, starring Gerard Depardieu
Lauzier, France, 1996)
The Elementary School (Jan
avoir (Nicolas Philibert, France, 2002)
Entre Les Murs will certainly expose
you to a classroom you haven't experienced before.
An Italian engineer travels to China
to track down a faulty furnace. The film is part documentary, revealing
China, a country under construction, facing immense problems as it enters
the modern world.
Laszlo Bakos, Consul, Cultural and Press
Petra Klobusiakova, Third Secretary, Embassy Czech Republic
Pavol Svetik, Counsellor/Deputy Head of Mission, Slovak Republic Embassy