To Be And To Have (2002)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

Original title:  Etre Et Avoir

France2002.  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 , , , Nicolas Philibert.  Produced by .  Music by .  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

One Comment Add yours

  1. I loved this movie, but I didn t like the fact that the teacher asked for money after knowing that the movie was a huge success in our country and did big benefits… It was a documentary so no one was paid except for the technical crew. There was a judgment and the teacher lost his battle.

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