Mr. Movie

Battelle will show 'The Class' has lots of class

RICHLAND — The Battelle Film Club’s opening Fall Season flick is from France.

The Class is based on former teacher, now writer and movie critic Francois Begaudeau’s acclaimed book.

Director Laurent Cantet and Begaudeau explore the complex relationships of teacher to students, students to faculty, faculty to faculty and faculty to parents. Most of the focus is how Begaudeau’s character Francois Marin reaches his kids and what he has to do to get them to stretch and grow as students and as human beings.

If you don’t know the behind-the-scenes story, The Class appears to be a well-conceived and edited documentary about a year in a French, mixed-race, inner-city school. Though it is not a true story, and is not set in the U.S., it somewhat biographical and is as close as most middle-age adults will ever get to a modern classroom.

Mr. Movie rating: 4 stars

Rated PG-13 for mature themes, language. It plays today only at 8 p.m. at the Battelle Auditorium in Rihcland.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself.