a dream school, a place of all possibilities


Here is a schoolgirl fiction that puts its finger precisely where it hurts. A society in which inequalities are widening and which weighs with all its weight and all its ills on the school. A two-speed education, with its schools for the rich and its schools for the poor. Sectorization calculations which become more complex, but which do not change much. The helplessness and weariness of teachers in the face of a selective system that does not say its name and which exhausts them. Parents, finally, who, powerful or miserable, would do everything in their power to ensure that their offspring benefited from the best fortune.

This subject, the authors of The Court of Miracles, Carine May, who was a teacher, and Hakim Zouhani, who was an animator, know him well. While they both grew up in Aubervilliers (Seine-Saint-Denis), they shot a handful of films there, long or short (Street of the cities in 2011, The Trip to Panama, in 2013…), which brought them to notice. They land today with a dramatic comedy whose stake, strictly political, gives the film its very intrigue. In other words, they desert the heart of the reactor (pedagogy, class, transmission) to take an interest in what allows it to function (the school map, the ranking and reputation of the establishment, the socio-economic panel). economy that it covers).

So here we are at the Jacques-Prévert school, somewhere in Seine-Saint-Denis (the film is shot in Aubervilliers). A man and a woman are looking for school among work and wasteland that disorients them. Both, by chance, go to the same place, both are teachers newly assigned to Jacques-Prévert. Reached the goal, they come across a band of teachers who have come from just about everything, who navigate between anger and apathy. On the side of anger, and the stress that accompanies it, alone in the lead, Zahia (Rachida Brakni), the principal, despairs of the downgrading of the establishment, of the non-mixedness which ended up prevailing there, of the management of indigence to which his task is reduced.

green fable

The news of the construction of a building complex intended for the upper middle classes near the school gave him hope on the issue of student recruitment. It seems however, after adaptation by the town hall of the school map, that the subdivision will depend on a brand new establishment, handpicked for educational innovation. There is little doubt about where new parents will choose to send their children to school. Fiction – in the sense of the utopian piece of bravery that will henceforth drive the narrative – truly arrives here. Forming an alliance with the newcomer, Marion (Anaïde Rozam), a young green teacher from Puy-de-Dôme full of energy and ideas, Zahia throws herself headlong into the project of“green school” to compete with its gleaming competitor.

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