Movie Night: Les Grands Esprits

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About this event:

Alliance Française de Détroit/French Institute of Michigan

Friday, September 27th. Pre-movie social gathering from 6:30-7:00. Screening starts at 7:00. Please arrive no later than 6:45 to ensure space for everyone.

Comedy/Drama. French. 2017. Directed by Olivier Ayache-Vidal.


“Denis Podalydès of the Comédie-Française is exceptional as the unadventurous classics teacher at one of France’s high achieving public schools while newcomer Abdoulaye Diallo displays a winning vulnerability which bodes well for his future career. There are no surprises. Two people from the opposite ends of the social and academic spectrum are thrown together and both learn something new from the experience. There is a racial and a class element to Les Grands Esprits, but Ayache-Vidal is more interested in dissecting the role of the teacher and the relevance of today’s teaching methods for students living in a changing world. Francois (Podalydès) is a teacher at Henri IV in Paris, considered one of the most demanding secondary schools in France. After a chance remark at a dinner party, he is transferred to teach in a tough school in a Parisian suburbs.  And soon finds the teaching methods he used to teach a class of attentive motivated teenagers are vastly out-of step with a group of disadvantaged pupils.”

Film screening is Free! (A $5 suggested donation would be appreciated.) Registration is required. Only 24 seats.

Register here.

Popcorn and drinks available for purchase (cash only).