Saint-Laurent Village Hall

Movie Classe unique Gabriel Aghion (2019)
The town hall of the small village of Saint-Laurent is the place of debates between the inhabitants in favor or against the reception of refugees.
Benon City Hall
Benon Town Hall - Credit: Patrick Despoix on wikimedia commons

“Take the advice of the village. Here!”

Olivier (Samuel Jouy)

The decision is made, to save the only class in his village, Jacques (Samuel Karmann) has no choice but to accept the prefect’s proposal: to welcome undocumented refugees. A confrontation is born between the inhabitants of the village concerning their reception. The village hall is the place for discussions between round tables and events.

Samuel Karmann not only welcomed refugees in this fiction, he decided to welcome one in real life. A desire shared by his sidekick on screen Clémentine Célarié who said she wanted to adopt a refugee at home after the film.


Classe unique allowed France 3 to be the 3rd channel in terms of ratings during its first broadcast on November 26, 2019.

Scene in front of the Saint-Laurent town hall in Classe unique
Scene in front of the Saint-Laurent town hall in Classe unique – Credit: France Télévisions
Scène devant la mairie de Saint-Laurent dans Classe unique
Scene in front of the Saint-Laurent town hall in Classe unique – Credit: France Télévisions


Benon is a rural commune included in the regional natural park of the Marais Poitevin.

Small village of 1679 inhabitants (in 2019), Benon is a commune with many buildings listed by the inventory service of the regional council of Poitou-Charentes. Among these remarkable places, we find the Cistercian abbey of La Grâce-Dieu, the Saint-Pierre church, the Duguesclin tower or the clock tower.

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