Here are some titles that are appropriate for Middle Schoolers, but may contain some difficult topics. Click on the title to see the trailer.

Entre les murs (The Class), 2009– Teacher and novelist François Bégaudeau plays a version of himself as he negotiates a year with his racially mixed students from a tough Parisian neighborhood.

Petit Nicolas, 2009– Nicolas has a happy existence, parents who love him, a great group of friends with whom he has great fun, and all he wants is that nothing changes. However, one day, he overhears a conversation that leads him to believe that his life might change forever! He panics and envisions the worst.

Persepolis, 2007– Poignant coming-of-age story of a precocious and outspoken young Iranian girl that begins during the Islamic Revolution.

Les Choristes (The Chorus), 2004– The new teacher at a severely strict boys’ boarding school works to positively change the students’ lives through music.

Le Ballon Rouge (The Red Balloon), 1956– A red balloon with a life of its own follows a little boy around the streets of Paris.

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