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To Be and to Have

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Original title
Être et avoir
Running time
104 min.
France France
Nicolas Philibert
Philippe Hersant
Nicolas Philibert, Laurent Didier, Katell Djian, Hugues Gemignani
Maïa Films / Arte France Cinéma / Les Films d'Ici / Centre National de Documentation Pédagogique / Canal+ / Centre National de la Cinématographie / Gimages 4 / Ministère de l'Education National du Conseil Régional d'Auvergne
Documentary | Education. Schools & University. Childhood. Small Town Life (Non-North American)
Synopsis / Plot
How do we learn to live with others and their wishes? Director Nicolas Philibert poses this question in a village schoolhouse in Auvergne, where Georges Lopez teaches 13 children, ages ranging from about four to 12. Against a landscape of mountains and farmland, from driving snow to rain to sun, the children gather in Lopez's warm and colorful classroom, to read, write dictation, cook, and sort things out. At home, the older ones do homework with parents after their chores. At year's end, they look ahead to the next, visiting the middle school and meeting the little ones coming in the fall. As they learn sums and adjectives, with Lopez's help, they also learn to live side by side.
2002: César Awards: Best Editing. 3 Nominations: Best Film, Director and Editing
2003: Nominated for BAFTA Awards: Best Film not in the English Language
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