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Mr. Bachmann and His Class(Herr Bachmann und seine Klasse)

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Germany · 2021
3h 37m
Director Maria Speth
Starring Dieter Bachmann, Aynur Bal, Önder Cavdar
Genre Documentary

This inspiring documentary explores the close bond between an elementary school teacher and his class of immigrant children. Taking an observational approach, the film chronicles the students’ experience of grappling with language barriers and cultural differences as they share their personal histories, debate ethical issues, learn to cook, and perform music for each other.

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This is one of the most hopeful movies you’re likely to see anytime soon.


Screen Daily by Jonathan Romney

Maria Speth’s study of a veteran teacher and his early teens students lasts three and a half hours, but not a moment is wasted. Anyone who teaches, or has ever been taught, will find something to relish in this serious-minded but quietly celebratory film. just as Bachmann puts the students at ease, the film-makers have managed to do the same – unintrusively catching the pupils’ episodes of vulnerability, or certain telling moments, as when two of them exchange flirtatious taunts.