Entre les murs | The Class, 2008
Detachment, 2011

This weekend’s film double-bill

The Class wins hands-down, a raw slice of realism that feels close in tone to Polisse. Based upon an autobiographical novel by François Bégaudeau, he also plays the central character as a French teacher coping with the struggles of educating a racially mixed class in Paris

Sharing similar themes to The Class, Detachment is visually bloated with Tony Kaye’s usual excess and overstatement. The only redeeming feature of the film is Adrien Brody’s excellent performance as a high school substitute teacher