Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
Original title: Etre Et Avoir
France, 2002. Maïa Films, Arte France Cinéma, Les Films d’Ici, Centre National de Documentation Pédagogique, Canal+, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Gimages 4, Ministère de l’Education National du Conseil Régional d’Auvergne. Cinematography by Laurent Didier, Katell Djian, Hugues Gemignani, Nicolas Philibert. Produced by Gilles Sandoz. Music by Philippe Hersant. Film Editing by Nicolas Philibert.
This heartwarming documentary records the daily struggle that Georges Lopez, a teacher in the French provinces, goes through to instil wisdom, responsibility and ambition in his small circle of students. The kids, ranging in age and personality, are all full of charisma and charm, and Lopez is nothing short of a hero for his dedicated work in shaping these young minds. All those who mercilessly criticize teachers because think they can do better themselves should watch this and learn a thing or two.
European Film Award: Best European Documentary
Toronto International Film Festival: 2002