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.
Theatrical propaganda posters
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
Cinematic intelligence sources
- To be and to have (Être et avoir) official movie site
- To be and to have (Être et avoir) QuickTime movie trailers
- Awards and film festivals:
- Cannes Film Festival 2003: Official selection
- César Awards 2003: Best Editing (Nicolas Philibert); Nomination: Best Director (Nicolas Philibert), Best Film
- Cinematic Intelligence Agency Trenchcoat Awards 2004: Nominated: Best biography, documentary or true drama
- European Film Awards 2002: Best Documentary Award
- French Syndicate of Cinema Critics 2003: Best film
- Prix Louis-Delluc 2002
- Valladolid International Film Festival (Semana Internacional de Cine de Valladolid) 2002: Best Documentary
- Director's statement
- See also The class (Entre les murs)
- Studios and distributors:
Special Agent Matti
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:
- Where were the crayons?
- Where was the plasticine?
- Where were the finger paints?
Security censorship classification
105 minutes (1:45 hours)
Not for public release in Australia before date
Film: 6 May 2004 - Melbourne, Sydney
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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.