巴别塔之校 The School of Babel
导演 : Julie Bertuccelli
剪辑： Josiane Zardoya
音乐： Olivier Daviaud
声音： Stephan Bauer, Benjamin Bober
混音： Olivier Goinard
制片： LES FILMS DU POISSON, SAMPEK PRODUCTIONS
They are Irish, Senegalese, Brazilian, Moroccan, Chinese⋯ They are between 11 and 15 years old and have just arrived in France. For a year they will be all together in the same adaptation class of a Parisian secondary school. 24 students, 24 nationalities⋯ In this multicultural arena, we see the innocence, the enthusiasm and inner turmoil of these teenagers who, caught in the midst of starting out on a new life, question our preconceived ideas and give us hope for a better future...
I discovered adaptation classes when I was chairing a school film jury, a few years ago. There was something fascinating about those classes. It was a patchwork of so many nationalities and personal paths, yet sharing a common goal: to learn French and try to fit in a place they don’t belong. “A place they don’t belong”: this was the idea that struck me the most.What interests me is their enthusiasm, and this class which seems to be like a concrete utopia where, despite of looming difficulties, everything remains possible. They’re aware that their lot in life is different from the French-born pupils’ they sometimes share classes with. And yet, they are driven by exemplary strength, hope and courage. They are heroes.