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Etre et Avoir/ To Be and to Have (Original French Version with English Subtitles)
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The teacher, Georges Lopez, teaches a combined elementary school where the student's age varies with the youngest at about four years old. Despite the wide range of ages among the students Mr. Lopez succeeds in teaching them what is needed to advance academically. The students learn how to draw and write proper letters and numbers and learn what diameter and radius mean. One of the amusing moments in the film is when the younger students learn how to crack an egg and one student misses the bowl while cracking the egg to which Mr. Lopez simply says, "It's ok." This displays how Mr. Lopez does not miss an opportunity for learning, as the child learns a lesson in how to deal with failure. There is a serenity surrounding Mr. Lopez to which the students seem to respond well, which is implemented even when he is dealing with bullying and fighting. It is easy to see that Mr. Lopez has a job that he loves, as he also mentions that he could not imagine having a different job.
The students are uncomplicated kids that prefer to play during recess and chat among one another.Read more ›
I found it fascinating to watch the kids learning their numbers and French grammar. I am reminded of that old joke about the American who went on vacation in France and was impressed at how educated the children there were: "I heard children as young as two years old, speaking French!"
All first-year teachers could benefit from watching how the instructor deals with the children of different ages. He is patient, but he demands respect. He is stern when necessary but never cruel and the children love him, as it's clear he loves them. What a wonderful true story.
Speaking as a French teacher, as French movies go, this one is very school appropriate, with only one bad word in the subtitles and no inappropriate scenes.
As I write this review, I am purchasing a copy for my best friend to brighten her day.
I loved that there was no voice over commentary from the director, which allowed you get an unbiased view into the life of this little schoolhouse. Forget Michael Moore and his propaganda laced documentary, Nicolas Philbert isn't selling you any of his ideas, but you'll buy into the story line. The shots are beautiful and you'll wish grew up in small farming town in France. Absolutely Stunning. A must see. Thank you Nicolas Philbert.
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What a beautiful picture of a teacher's work in children's lives.Published 7 months ago by Voracious Reader
This is one of the most moving and elegant docs I have ever seen. I keep coming back to itPublished 8 months ago by Demetria D. Kalodimos
The movie itself is very good, but in a French class it is fabulous. It does have one (badly translated) swear word at the very beginning of the film (when they're moving the... Read morePublished 17 months ago by review98
Gave it as a gift to my Mom. She speaks French and she loved this moviePublished 17 months ago by Paul
A wonderful portrayal of a simple one-roomed schoolhouse in France. The deeply moving, intimate settings and conversations George Lopez has with his students can make viewers ask... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Jessica Treuhaft