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The Best Job in the World

The Best Job in the World

A Feature film by Gérard Lauzier

Produced by Film Par Film

Release in France : 11/12/1996

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So as to be near his children after his divorce, Laurent Monier, a history/geography teacher in a quiet provincial secondary school, takes a job in a "problem" school in the Paris suburbs. When he starts in after the holidays he's given the "Fourth-Technical" the school's toughest class and the only accomodation on the particularly difficult "Mûriers" estate ! His existence becomes a veritable assault course for which his history/geography degree had little prepared him.


"I was determined to give this comedy set in the suburbs an optimistic ending. That didn't go down well. Unlikely, I was told, unrealistic, hackneyed, commercial, American-style happy ending and others. The future is necessary bleak, with the famous "suburban explosion" to cap it all. In the past, we weren't supposed to demoralize the working-class neighbourhoods, but today it's right to demoralize the immigrant neighbourhoods. Optimism is incongruous, old-fashioned and politically suspect in today's France. This is all the more surprising since France, compared to the rest of the world, isn't doing that badly, whatever people may say."
(Gérard Lauzier)

Full credits (19)

Executive Producer :

Jean-Louis Livi

Line Producer :

Bernard Marescot

Co-producers :

Gérard Depardieu, Raphaël Berdugo

Sound Recordist :

Pierre Befve

Assistant Operators :

Dominique Delguste, Sébastien Pentecouteau

Production Manager :

Marc Vade

Sound editors :

Élisabeth Paquotte, Stéphanie Granel

Music Composer :

Vladimir Cosma

Sales Agent :

Raphaël Berdugo

Still Photographer :

Arnaud Borrel

Assistant Director :

Jérôme Navarro

Screenwriter :

Gérard Lauzier

Director of Photography :

Jean-Yves Le Mener

Sound Assistant :

Jacques Ballay

Camera Operator :

Yves Agostini

Editor :

Georges Klotz

Production Designer :

Christian Marti

Costume designers :

Gil Noir, Marpessa Djian

Sound Mixer :

Gérard Lamps

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100% French (France)

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1 h 45 min

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Dolby SR

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Festival Selections

Tokyo- French Film Festival - 1997

Tokyo- French Film Festival (Japan, 1997)


Feature Films