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To Be and to Have (2002)

Être et avoir (original title)
Not Rated | | Documentary, Family | 28 August 2002 (France)
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:

Nicolas Philibert

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 8 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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

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Certificate:

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

28 August 2002 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

To Be and to Have See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,528, 21 September 2003

Gross USA:

$777,129

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,063,920
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

After Etre et Avoir received so many awards and was met with such fanfare, the teacher, Georges Lopez, sued the producer for compensation. Contractually he and the students were paid a set amount of money (low-budget documentary prices), however Lopez did promotional tours and thought he deserved a larger share after the film's success. The French judge did not rule in his favour. See more »

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One of my favorite Documentaries
23 July 2006 | by momorguciSee all my reviews

I can't say much about the film except that I love it. I don't want to come across like a 12 year old fan club president, but oh well. The main problem I have with many contemporary documentaries these days is that they tend to go for maximum entertainment, and little else. Overly slick, often gimmicky in nature, with flash editing and a cynical tone, they are instantly forgotten (i.e. Super Size Me, Inside Deep Throat, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, among many many others)

To be and To have, beyond entertaining is an INSIGHTFUL look into us as human beings, I know I know, a movie about the human condition, sounds corny or worse dull but it is far from either of those adjectives. The film follows a class of kinder gardeners in the French rural countryside for a year. It is both profound and simple to watch these children learn the everyday lessons of life. Even more amazing is that it does so without becoming overly sentimental or sugary. The film's point of view inevitably takes on that of a five year old, finding magic and greatness in the everyday mundane aspects of life. Highlights: When the teacher explains the concept of infinity to the children. Marie and Jojo in general are a delight. The handwriting lesson as insight into personality. I could go on and on. Just see it


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