Director Laurent Cantet Exclusive Video Interview – THE CLASS

     December 18, 2008

Written by Steve ‘Frosty’ Weintraub

Opening tomorrow, in limited release, is the winning film from this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The movie is called “The Class” and it follows a year in the life of a French schoolteacher (François Begaudeau). In the film, he works at a high school in a tough neighborhood of Paris. Cultures and attitudes often clash in the classroom. As amusing and inspiring as the teenage students can be, their difficult behavior can still jeopardize any teacher’s enthusiasm for the low-paying job François insists on an atmosphere of respect and diligence. Neither stuffy nor severe, his frankness oftentakes the students by surprise.But his classroom ethics are put to the test when his students begin to challenge his methods.

Unlike a lot of American movies that fictionalize what it’s really like in a school, one of the things that’s great about “The Class” is the way it’s filmed like a documentary. None of it feels scripted.

Anyway, I recently interviewed director Laurent Cantet and the interview is below. I was also supplied with 7 movie clips and the trailer, so you can watch those clips as well.

Laurent Cantet Interview

  • I ask him about the reception he’s gotten for the film
  • The film feels very feel – almost like a documentary – I ask how much was scripted and how much was improv
  • I ask how many cameras he used and how long it took to edit the movie as he had over 100 hours of footage
  • Since he has so much footage, I ask what will be on the DVD. He tells an interesting story about what he originally planned for the movie and what ended up happening
  • I ask what he’s doing next. He’s not sure yet but he did say he wants to work in the same way he made The Class

The Class Trailer

Clip 1 – A full hour

Clip 2 – Honky names

Clip 3 – I heard you like men

more clips on page 2 ——->


Clip 4 – I think you go too far

Clip 5 – I want an apology

Clip 6 – Like skanks

Clip 7 – Some students came to see me

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