Être et avoir

Director: Nicolas Philibert

France| 2002| 104 mins| Colour

Être et avoir unfolds during four distinct seasons in one of France’s few remaining one-room schoolhouses, in rural St.-Etienne-sur-Osson, population 200. The teacher, the charismatic Georges Lopez, presides over 13 students, ages 3 to 15, who are separated by age into three groups that work at three separate large tables. Lopez has lived above the school for the past 21 years and is set to retire. He is at the centre of the film, acting a teacher / friend / father / confessor to the children, each of whom is filmed in his or her budding individuality.

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