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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


    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.

    Actors (33)

    Production and distribution (4)

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    Film Par Film

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    Tamasa Distribution

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    "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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    Runtime :

    1 h 45 min

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    Dolby SR