Movie Review: THE CLASS


The Class is a French film, which is directed by Laurant Cantet and based on the the book by Francois Begaudeau. The film won Palme D’or (the best film) from Cannes Film Festival 2008. The Class is about an academic year in the classroom, which is combined with students from different racial and cultural backgrounds such as African students, Asian students and Arab students. The film questions the mainstream educational system through dialogues between teacher and students. The teacher is challenged by the diversity and various opinions of the students.

The film also portrays the political and socio-cultural dynamic in French society. Nowadays, French society is struggling to cope with the influx of migrants from every part of the world. This kind of predicament has been shown in state policies toward migrant and Muslim people in France as well as in the film. When the teacher does not know how to deal with students from different backgrounds and beliefs, he/she erupts with uncontrollable emotions against the students. The scene in the meeting room and the climactic scene are the portrayal of power disputes, which duplicate French society.

Lastly, The Class still provides us with a light at the end of the tunnel. When everything seems to  collapse, there’s a little hope when we see the teacher playing football with the students, a
possible metaphor to French society’s need to adjust itself into the
context of globalization, which caused the wave of migration.