MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 141 this week

To Be and to Have (2002)
"Être et avoir" (original title)

7.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.9/10 from 6,222 users   Metascore: 87/100
Reviews: 72 user | 72 critic | 26 from Metacritic.com

A documentary portrait of a one-room school in rural France, where the students (ranging in age from 4 to 11) are educated by a single dedicated teacher.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Sundance 2015

Watch our IMDb & AIV Sundance Studio Interviews with Keith Simanton

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 36 titles
created 01 Apr 2011
 
a list of 28 titles
created 06 Jul 2012
 
a list of 26 titles
created 15 Jul 2013
 
list image
a list of 41 titles
created 08 Oct 2013
 
a list of 37 titles
created 30 Nov 2013
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: To Be and to Have (2002)

To Be and to Have (2002) on IMDb 7.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of To Be and to Have.
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 8 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Georges Lopez ...
L'institueur
Alizé ...
Les enfants de la classe
Axel Thouvenin ...
Les enfants de la classe (as Axel)
Guillaume ...
Les enfants de la classe
Jessie ...
Les enfants de la classe
Johan ...
Les enfants de la classe - Jojo
Johann ...
Les enfants de la classe
Jonathan ...
Les enfants de la classe
Julien ...
Les enfants de la classe
Laura ...
Les enfants de la classe
Létitia ...
Les enfants de la classe
Marie-Elizabeth ...
Les enfants de la classe
Nathalie ...
Les enfants de la classe
Olivier ...
Les enfants de la classe
Franck ...
Les frères et soeurs, les nouveaux...
Edit

Storyline

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. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

28 August 2002 (France)  »

Also Known As:

To Be and to Have  »

Box Office

Budget:

€1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$20,528 (USA) (19 September 2003)

Gross:

$775,607 (USA) (11 June 2004)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

|

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Chosen by "Telerama" (France) as one of the 10 best pictures of 2002 (#05) See more »

Connections

Featured in The Story of Film: An Odyssey: Episode #1.15 (2011) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

One of the most touching films I've ever seen.
15 August 2003 | by (Medway, England) – See all my reviews

I didnt want to go and see this film. seriously. I got dragged along to see it in London as part of my media studies course, and me and my friends were determiend to get out of seeing it, any way we possibly could, and go shopping instead.

needless to say, we didnt manage it, and I'm actually pretty glad.

this was one of the best documentaries I've ever seen. coming from a family where both my parents are teaching in the same age-range as mr Lopez, this film had a certain mirror-image quality for me, which made it hit even closer to home. Being British, some of tend to look a the French as an Alien species (sorry!) and seeing a French teacher in some of the same situations as my parents of faced was amazingly poignant.

the amount of time and Effort that Lopez put into his teaching was beautiful to behold. his compassion and cool manner makes me think that just about every school in the world can benefit from a teacher like him.

In criticism, however, I do beleive that the editing was used to make it appear that Lopez remained PERMANENTLY calm. I've been with teachers in a classroom situation, and even with a class that small, its impossiblwe to keep your cool all the time. I would have appreciated some scenes of Lopez having to deal with any anger he might have occasionally faced. it might have added even more humanity to his persoanlity, and although I empathises with him, the only pure emotion we see from him is at the end, when the tears in his eyes as his class leaves are painfully apparent.

9/10.


13 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Funniest scene ever? eglaisher
Mr Lopez suing filmakers Citricx6
Marie! sarah_dummy
Explaining the title MrTeal
How do you understand this film? DefiantAssassin
Mr. Lopez Laur3n2003
Discuss To Be and to Have (2002) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?