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Truant School

Directed by Jean-Paul Le Chanois
1949    89m
Soon after the Great War, the Provence village of Salezes gets a new boys' teacher: Mr. Pascal, a war hero with a diploma from a teachers' college. He rejects old methods: boys' sitting still with arms folded memorizing facts. He uses modern methods: he becomes their guide. The boys build a water-powered electric generator, interview their parents about shoe-making and cooking, draw, write poetry, and, after Pascal brings a box of type, put their own magazine together, printed on the backs of old ballots. Their new interest in critical thinking stirs opposition from the mayor and others. The teacher offers a deal: if even one student fails the national exam, he'll resign. All eyes are on Albert, an older youth who has failed three times.
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Cast of Truant School
  • Bernard BlierM. Pascal, le nouvel instituteur
  • Juliette FaberLise Arnaud, l'institutrice
  • Édouard DelmontM. Arnaud, le vieil instituteur et père de Lise
  • Edmond ArdissonM. Pourpre, le coiffeur
  • Henri AriusHector Malicorne, le Maire de Salèzes
  • Gaston ModotL'examinateur de Français
  • Jean-Louis AllibertM. Staviole, le novateur
  • BréolsAristide
  • Géo BeufHonoré
  • Georges CahuzacM. Cornille
  • Louis LionsFélicien
  • Marcel MaupiM. Alexandre, le pharmacien
  • Jenny HéliaMme Honoré
  • Jeanne MarsAdélaïde
  • Marthe MartyMélanie
  • RaymoneL'aveugle du village
  • Marcel AlbaUn examinateur
  • Lucien CallamandL'examinateur d’arithmétique
  • Henri PouponL'examinateur d'histoire-géographie
  • Jean AquistapaceM. Laverdière, l’antiquaire
  • Riri BertyLa commère tenant un panier à linge (non créditée)
  • Jean-Paul Le ChanoisUn gendarme (non crédité)
  • LouisolLe menuisier
  • RildaLe facteur
  • SicardTordo
  • Danny CaronCécile Simonin, la serveuse du bar et sœur d’Albert
  • Pierre CosteAlbert Simonin, le "Grand Chef"

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