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To Be And To Have (2002)
Starring: Georges Lopez, Alize, Axel, Guillaume, Jessie
Director: Nicolas Philibert
Category: Avant Garde, Foreign, Documentary
Studio: New Yorker
104 mins



The Children Of An Isolated Village In The Heart Of Auvergne Made Their Schoolteacher An International Celebrity.

To Be And To Have, France's highest grossing documentary of all time is an intimate and touching portrait of life inside a one-room schoolhouse in a rural French village and one of the most emotionally gratifying films about teaching ever made.

At the center of the story, and now an international celebrity, is Georges Lopez - a remarkably devoted school teacher responsible for nurturing a dozen children ages 3 to 11 in all their school subjects and life lessons. Whether mediating fights, flipping omelets, or discussing a father's illness with a troubled student, Lopez upholds a firm, but gentle paternal approach.

Director Nicolas Philibert's incredible film demonstrates how a teacher, if well trained, dedicated and sensitive to a child's educational and emotional needs, can hugely influence a generation of children at their most critical time of development. Those with warm memories of a favorite teacher will be deeply moved by this film.