To Be and to Have (Etre et Avoir) (2003)
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Critic Reviews for To Be and to Have (Etre et Avoir)
It demonstrates without overreaching what an actual teacher can do to shape lives.
A counterintuitive film about a small schoolhouse in rural France, To Be and to Have gets its punch from simple scenes and conversations.
To Be and to Have is a movie every teacher should see, and every parent, too.
At times, it feels as stultifying as watching paint dry, without the recompense of sniffing fumes.
Watchful viewers -- particularly those with fond memories of a favorite teacher -- will be deeply moved by this film.
Amounts to a rare gift and an opportunity to appreciate the end of an era.
Audience Reviews for To Be and to Have (Etre et Avoir)
Apparently there was a lot of talk about the teacher and whether he was all that he appears to be which is seemingly the perfect teacher. This film brings out all the warm feelings of nostalgia for those early days of learning with the first teachers that we loved. Incredibly sweet.
A little cute & touching documentary
A sweet look at a teacher in a small French town and the children he teaches. We watch as he teaches them and they grow up and finally leave. It is moving and sad. We learn about the children and get to know them in a piece of voyeuristic brilliance.
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