To Be And To Have (Etre Et Avoir)

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(out of 5)


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.


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

France2002

Directed by

Cinematography by , , , Nicolas Philibert

Produced by

Music by

Film Editing by Nicolas Philibert

Toronto International Film Festival 2002

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One thought on “To Be And To Have (Etre Et Avoir)

  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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