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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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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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:

€1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$823,788 (France), 30 August 2002

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,528, 21 September 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$775,607, 13 June 2004
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Another Gay Movie (2006) See more »

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I Have To Be Honest ...
9 December 2004 | by writers_reignSee all my reviews

... and say that this is one of the warmest and most accomplished documentaries of the last few years. Deceptive simplicity is not the easiest thing to pull off but here it works perfectly. The thing is that there's no way to tell people who haven't seen it that a film that spans about six months in a one-room schoolhouse in the Auvergne with teacher and pupils being rather than playing themselves is so rewarding. Winter turns into Spring, Spring becomes early Summer. That's it. The changes in the pupils are less obvious, more felt than seen. The teacher, in his last year before retirement is far less academically gifted than Mr. Chips but he is Real as opposed to the fictional Chips and both are imbued with the hard-to-pin-down qualities that make good teachers. A second viewing, about a year later found the film holding up well. 9/10


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