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To Be and to Have ()

Être et avoir (original title)
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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.

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  • Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 8 wins & 6 nominations.
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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...
Kevin ...
Les frères et soeurs, les nouveaux...
Jérome ...
Les frères et soeurs, les nouveaux...
Magali ...
Les frères et soeurs, les nouveaux...
Léa ...
Les frères et soeurs, les nouveaux...
Océane ...
Les frères et soeurs, les nouveaux...
Thomas ...
Les frères et soeurs, les nouveaux...
Valentin ...
Les frères et soeurs, les nouveaux...
Dolly Chanimbaud ...
Les familles (as Chanimbaud)
Jeannot Chanimbaud ...
Les familles (as Chanimbaud)
Famille Dujardin ...
Les familles
Famille Garrido ...
Les familles
Famille Jeune ...
Les familles
Famille Lacombe ...
Les familles
Famille Olléon ...
Les familles
Famille Ponte ...
Les familles
Famille Rochès ...
Les familles
Famille Thouvenin ...
Les familles

Directed by

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Nicolas Philibert

Produced by

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Rémi Burah ... co-producer
Serge Lalou ... associate producer
Gilles Sandoz ... producer

Music by

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Philippe Hersant

Cinematography by

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Laurent Didier
Katell Djian
Hugues Gemignani
Nicolas Philibert

Film Editing by

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Nicolas Philibert

Editorial Department

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Thaddée Bertrand ... assistant editor

Production Management

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Isabelle Pailley Sandoz ... production manager

Sound Department

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Julien Cloquet ... sound

Camera and Electrical Department

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Christian Guy ... still photographer
Nicolas Philibert ... camera operator

Music Department

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Alice Ader ... piano
Nicolas Balderoux ... clarinet
Benoît Gilg ... music recordist
Isablle Veyrrier ... cello

Other crew

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Tatiana Bouchain ... assistant to producer
Charles-Edouard Renault ... legal counsel

Thanks

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Jean Anouilh ... thanks
Jean-Pierre Beauviala ... thanks
Sébastien Beffa ... thanks (as Sebastien Beffa)
Alain Bergala ... thanks
Nathalie Bloch-Lainé ... thanks
Richard Boidin ... thanks
Sylvie Bourgeois ... thanks
Olivier Brunet ... thanks
Rosette Chaland-Rocher ... thanks
Julie Challet ... thanks
Dolly Chanimbaud ... thanks
Jeannot Chanimbaud ... thanks
Ginette Chaucheprat ... thanks
Frédéric Cheret ... thanks
Stéphane Cordier ... thanks
Serge Coudeyras ... thanks
Philippe Delamotte ... thanks
Tatiana Djorjevic ... thanks
Thierry Gazaud ... thanks
Georges Goldenstern ... thanks
Monique Guerrier ... thanks
Laurent Hassid ... thanks
Anne Huet ... thanks
Philippe Léotoing ... thanks
Jacky Monteil ... thanks
Jean-Yves Perron ... thanks
Renaud Personnaz ... thanks
Gérard Poux ... thanks
Helga Rancoeur ... thanks
Jean Rigoulet ... thanks
Stéphane Souillat ... thanks

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • To Be and to Have (United States)
  • Être et Avoir (United Kingdom)
  • Sein und haben (Germany)
  • Ser y tener (Spain)
  • Да бъдеш и да имаш (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
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  • 104 min
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Budget EUR1,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend France $823,788, 30 Aug 2002

Did You Know?

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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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Episode #17.2 (2004). See more »

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