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“The great minds”, Podalydès on the honor roll

Associate professor of letters at the prestigious Lycée Henri-IV, that suits him very well, to Denis Podalydès. He has indeed a full head, the gray suit, the library provided and the perfect diction of the job. Let us add that he was an intern in the 1980s. The member of the left and of the Comédie-Française must even have experienced a certain pleasure in seeing his character, François Foucault, suddenly trapped by his good intentions, being forced to leave his Olympe to go teach in a suburban college classified REP +.

His radical change, albeit temporary, from Paris to Stains is the subject of this film which has the merit not only of avoiding caricature, but also docu-fiction. In short, it is the modesty of the subject that touches. With a very convincing teacher Podalydès (especially when he tells the story of “Les Misérables”), a group of pretty cute students and an edifying selfie outing at the Palace of Versailles.

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The way in which, one after another, all the prejudices of the eminent and authoritarian Foucault will quietly fall – watch and punish! -, which passes here from sadism to humanism, does not count for nothing in the educational virtue of this first film.

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Saturday October 16 at 8:40 p.m. on OCS Max. French comedy by Olivier Ayache-Vidal (2017). With Denis Podalydès, Abdoulaye Diallo, Léa Drucker. 1h46. (In multicast and On demand).

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