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MIFF Review: School of Babel

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Julie Bertucceli’s film ‘School of Babel’ is based around a group of students from all over the world, learning about the French language and culture to help them with their new life in France. Some of the students come from well off families whereas others have fled persecution and hardship. Over the course of the year the teacher Julie Bertuccelli films the students and shows us their journey with adopting to a new way of life. One of the students lived with her father who used to abuse and mistreat her. She came to France with her mother who she hasn’t seen in 13 years. They both adopt to the new life style but she needs to work hard or else her mother will send her back to her father where she will live a life of pain and depression. After seeing this scene I thought about my life and how lucky I am to live in a country that doesn’t mistreat or discriminate people of certain races or cultures. 

Although this film was touching I did find it laborious and long winded and at times felt like I would doze off.

Personally I would rate this film a 5/10.

Reviewed By: Thomas Senese – Jones

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