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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Sean Kelly

Indie Thoughts: The Class

You can almost call The Class a fictional documentary.

With the exception of characters created specifically for the dramatic arc of the story, everyone in this film about life in a Paris classroom are real kids. Even the teacher is essentially playing himself.

I found this film, which for the most part consists of classroom banter, very intriguing. Then, when the said dramatic arc begins around the halfway point, the film melds into a complete story.

The film was the first French film to win the Palme D'Or at Cannes and I probably expect that it will receive a "Best Foreign Film" nomination when the Oscar nominations are announced tomorrow.

I would say the film is definitely worth checking out.

8/10

(Read an extended review at MONDOmagazine)

Sean Kelly

About Sean Kelly -

Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described ├╝ber-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).