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To be and to have (Être et avoir) - Nicolas Philibert

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The film that made a celebrity of a French primary school teacher!

Inspired by the French phenomenon of "single-class" schools, To be and to have charts the life of a small one-class village school over the course of one academic year, and takes a warm and serene look at primary education in the French heartlands.

A dozen youngsters, aged 4-10, are brought together in one classroom and taught every subject by one single teacher of extraordinary dedication.

A master in quiet authority, schoolteacher Georges Lopez patiently navigates the children towards adolescence, cooling down their arguments and listening to their problems.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film documentary France school teacher country French

Persons of interest

  • Alizé .... Herself
  • Axel .... Himself
  • Guillaume .... Himself
  • Jessie .... Herself
  • Johann .... Himself
  • Julien .... Himself
  • Laura .... Herself
  • Létitia .... Herself
  • Georges Lopez .... Himself
  • Nathalie .... Herself
  • Olivier .... Himself
  • Nicolas Philibert .... Director

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Theatrical report

To be and to have is a sweet little documentary about a nice man who has the gift of teaching.

My only questions are these:
  1. Where were the crayons?
  2. Where was the plasticine?
  3. Where were the finger paints?

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105 minutes (1:45 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 6 May 2004 - Melbourne, Sydney

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Director's statement

There are still, almost everywhere in France, single-classroom schools that bring together, under the same schoolteacher, all the children from the same village, from nursery age to their last year of primary education.

Whether their individual members are withdrawn or outgoing, these assorted little groups share everyday life, for the best and for the worst.

It was in one of these schools, somewhere in the heart of the Auvergne, that my film was shot.

Nicholas Philibert

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