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School of Life (2017)

L'école buissonnière (original title)
In 1920s France an orphan is adopted by a rustic couple who work for a rural landowner. Left to himself, he soon comes under the spell of the local poacher.

Director:

Nicolas Vanier

Writers:

Jérôme Tonnerre (adaptation), Jérôme Tonnerre (dialogue) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
François Cluzet ... Totoche
Jean Scandel Jean Scandel ... Paul
Eric Elmosnino ... Borel
François Berléand ... Le comte de la Fresnaye
Valérie Karsenti Valérie Karsenti ... Célestine
Thomas Durand Thomas Durand ... Bertrand
Ilona Cabrera Ilona Cabrera ... Bella
Frédéric Saurel Frédéric Saurel ... Dédé
Urbain Cancelier ... Lucien
Murielle Huet des Aunay Murielle Huet des Aunay ... Montaine
Thierry Robard Thierry Robard ... Armand
Carolina Jurczak ... Florence
Affif Ben Badra ... Le chef des gitans / The leader of the gypsies
Claudine Baschet Claudine Baschet ... La mémé gitane
Christine Joly Christine Joly ... Madeleine
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Storyline

Paris 1930. Paul always had only one and the same horizon: the high walls of the orphanage, a severe building on the outskirts of Paris. Entrusted to a cheerful lady of the countryside, Celestine and her husband, Borel, the somewhat rigid gamekeeper of a vast estate in Sologne, the child of the cities, recalcitrant and stubborn, arrives in a mysterious and worrying world, that of a sovereign and wild region. The immense forest, the misty ponds, the moors and the fields, everything here belongs to the Count of the Comte de La Salle. Fresnaye, a taciturn widower who lives alone in his mansion. The Count tolerates poachers on the estate, but Borel is relentlessly hunting them down and hounding the most cunning and elusive of them, Totoche. In the heart of the fairytale Sologne, next to the poacher, a great nature lover, Paul will learn about life but also the forest and its secrets. An even heavier secret weighs on the estate, because Paul did not come here by chance.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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The fancy car in the last scene showing the leaving of the son who was disinherited is a Voisin. Very complex paint job of yellow with brown cross stripes. See more »

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First 2/3 are the makings of a fine film, last 1/3 is idiotic trope that ruins the film
2 April 2020 | by random-70778See all my reviews

I strongly recommend you watch the first 60 minutes of this this film and then switch it off. the first hour of this film is wonderfully shot, lyrical story with subtle, interesting interplay between the characters as they develop. The last third is insulting nonsense.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

7 September 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

School of Life See more »

Filming Locations:

Sologne, France See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$6,300

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,880,497
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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