Times may have changed, but a few things remain stolidly the same — and one of them is the middle- school classroom. Whatever else is happening out there, the classroom continues to pack a bunch of teenagers into a confined space, prop a teacher at the head of the room, and shut the door hoping for universal discipline, academic fulfillment and all-round happiness — probably in that order. Pretty nice, if only it worked that way.

“Entre les murs” (the Japanese release title is: “Paris 20 Ku Bokutachino Kurasu”) is a story immersed in the classroom’s inherent optimism, staunch in the belief that in spite of adolescent hormonal upheaval clashing with educational bureaucracy to the tune of communication failure, the classroom is still a good place to be. At the very least, you’ll learn something.

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