Être et Avoir
Directed by Nicolas Philibert, France 2002
100 mins. French dialogue with English sub-titles
A charming and intimate portrait of a single-class primary school in rural France and its inspirational teacher. Ranging in age from four to ten, the small handful of pupils are taught by the remarkable and wise Georges Lopez, whose patient and enlightened methods highlight a genuine affection for his young charges. Offering a touching and absorbing look at the heart of a village community, director Nicolas Philibert's film was a surprise cinema hit which was warmly received by critics and won numerous awards including a BAFTA and a European Film Award.
What the Critics say:
"Thoroughly delightful ... has a miraculous simplicity and clarity."  (Peter Bradshaw - The Guardian)