This year's winner of the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival is undoubtedly one of the greatest film experiences of the year. Its nuanced and inspiring look at France's challenges of integration and segregation is a welcome respite from the more pessimistic views of modern France as we know them through directors such as Michael Haneke, Gaspar Noé and Bruno Dumont. THE CLASS tells the story of a high school teacher in a suburb of Paris who tries to bring forth the best in his students. The plot may sound like a cliché, but the film as such is definitely not.
Laurent Cantet (b. 1961) made his feature film debut in 1999 with HUMAN RESOURCES, which he followed up with TIME OUT in 2001 and HEADING SOUTH in 2005. THE CLASS is his international breakthrough as a director.