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"La Classe de neige (The Class Trip)"

by David Sterritt

"La Classe de neige" comes from Claude Miller, a one-time assistant to Francois Truffaut who has never shown anything like his mentor's depth as storyteller, stylist, and all-around cineaste. Known in English as "The Class Trip," the sardonic melodrama focuses on a young boy whose overprotective father gives him nightmares of various kinds during a school excursion into the wintry countryside. The picture has flashes of excellence recalling the great tradition of French thrillers--a scene retelling "The Monkey's Paw," a classic horror tale, is my favorite--but it ultimately adds up to less than the sum of its parts.

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