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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 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. Written by lament

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1930s | woodland | orphan | orphanage | See All (4) »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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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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Gross USA:

$6,300, 18 November 2018
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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The castle which serves as the remains to the count of the Fresneye is the castle of Villebourgeon located at the Marolle-in-the Sologne (France). See more »

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Magnificent..
24 December 2018 | by DAKA-FUNKSee all my reviews

Another fine example of the hidden European film industry.


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