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

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Featured in Zomergasten: Episode #17.2 (2004) See more »

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Wash your hands, Jojo
12 February 2004 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Wonderful, award-winning documentary about George Lopez and his one room school house in rural France. So many thoughts rush through the viewer's head as we watch this incredibly patient man battle through the daily challenges of teaching kids ages 4 to 12. Young Jojo will win your heart as the eager to play boy who would undoubtedly be subjected to doses of Ridlin in the U.S. Jojo's charm and openness are in stark contrast to the older children who seem to keep their emotions pent up to play along with the expectations of maturity. Personalities are obvious by age 4 or 5 and we have no trouble looking forward to see the type of teens and adults they will become. This environment offers so many advantages to the "pack 30 in a classroom and demand robotic behavior" that has become the norm in our education system. Teachers have become disciplinarians by force rather than life educators like Mr. Lopez. Yes, I laughed many times during this one, but only as my heart was breaking while dreaming of what could be for kids. The scenes with the families are torturous to watch and should provide insight into how many parents undermine even the best teachers. Should be required viewing for all parents and teachers. We should all ask ourselves, "what is the point of taking the eagerness and desire learn away from kids?"


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