At times, it feels as stultifying as watching paint dry, without the recompense of sniffing fumes.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Fails to do justice to its potentially fascinating subject.
| Original Score: 2/5
To Be and To Have works in the grandest tradition of documentary filmmaking -- it keeps company with a small, specific place going about its business, and from it parses the whole world.
You wish it would have been a little more ambitious.
| Original Score: 3/4
It isn't just an ode to teaching -- it's a lesson in growing up.
| Original Score: A-
Inspiring and beautiful.
| Original Score: 4/4
| Original Score: 9/10
The most unvarnished cinematic portrait of childhood I've ever seen.
| Original Score: A-
An unhurried model of nonfiction filmmaking and a vision of life at its most persuasively humanistic.
| Original Score: 4/5
In its discussion of the natural, essential roles of learning and teaching in life, Être et Avoir is an elegantly shot, eloquently stated, first-class report.
More often than not you may find yourself unexpectedly smiling.
One of those rare movies that works as a humbling experience.
A wonderful French documentary about a diligent teacher in a one-room classroom who revels in those magical moments when learning yields insight and delight.
Philibert and his crew remain invisible throughout most of the this film's running time letting a way of life that is surely short-lived speak for itself.
| Original Score: B+
The fly-on-the-wall method used to document rural French school life is a refreshing departure from the now more prevalent technique of the docu-makers being a visible part of their work.
As touching as Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939), this is an excellent companion to Spellbound, another beguiling documentary about children.
This is a film that all aspiring teachers should see, as well as veteran teachers who might have lost track of what teaching is all about.
| Original Score: A
As quiet, patient and tenacious as Mr. Lopez himself, who approaches his difficult, endless work with remarkable serenity and discipline.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
At once a testament to the divine calling of education and a demonstration of the painstaking process of imparting knowledge.
| Original Score: 3/5
The magical dynamic we witness, of recitations and math problems and disciplinary chats and vocabulary drills, all of it performed with exacting sympathy and focus, is genuine to the touch.