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½ April 5, 2017
Subtitles throughout, as this is all in French, To Be and To Have would be a great teacher for teachers of kindergarten and first grade teachers. The man teaches with love. I personally found it fairly boring until the end. When the kids are done for the year, the oldest are leaving to middle school for good, their love of their teacher is palpable. Brought tears to my eyes in fact. Just plan on it moving rather slowly and having an inside look at the day to day issues involved with kiddos at a very small school in France. This is more of an educational film, not so much entertaining, that's why I give only 3.5 stars. If it were what I was seeking, it would have gotten 5 stars. It wasn't all that entertaining to me though. I can see how mothers would appreciate it a lot more than I did.
½ March 2, 2017
Sono del parere che non basta mostrare scene di vita quotidiana per avere un'opera ricca di significato emotivo. In questo film documentario ci vengono descritte le vite scolastiche di una serie di alunni, la dura vita dell'insegnante e il suo arduo compito di indirizzarli verso la giusta direzione. Solo in rare parti riusciamo ad avere una sorta di coinvolgimento, grazie a scene nostalgiche e situazioni che mostrano la pura innocenza dei bambini. Oltre a questo, quest'opera rimane troppo lunga e, sotto il mio punto di vista, priva di un messaggio così profondo come vorrebbe.
½ May 2, 2014
"Etre et Avoir" is an unfiltered look at Georges Lopez, a French teacher reaching retirement whose passion for teaching and being around children moves beyond measure. Without any narrative, and rarely any other dialogue than between Lopez and his students and between students themselves, we are immersed into the one-room schoolhouse and left only to the children's insight as a narrative. The result is an experience of learning, growth, and eventual pride as Lopez watches his students move on. Lopez and his teaching proves that through quality education with respect to the individual child, there can be a very intimate and unique relationship between the two.
April 15, 2014
A dazzlingly sweet, calming, and surprisingly unpretentious production on a French classroom - it perfectly documents the emotions of those within this community, and makes a great case of showing just how important teachers are in this world.
April 7, 2014
Its a moving documentary of one year in the life of the children in southern France. Aspiring teachers should see this because it will not only touch and move you, but it will make you rethink how one should approach education --with patience, kindness, and a will to see your pupils succeed. Through Msr. Lopez, these children mature and learn and in the process bond with one another as well as their teacher. Truly quite marvelous and heartwarming.
December 23, 2013
The most glorious French film with subtitles. Do watch it.
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½ June 26, 2013
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.
April 28, 2013
Este documental tiene uno de los finales más emotivos y simples de la historia del cine. La innovación de este film a nivel visual y narrativo nos muestra el poder del documental, y sobretodo la complejidad de la vida encerrada en la irónica simpleza de una escuela rural.
April 2, 2013
If only all teachers were like the teacher that this overly original documentary focuses on, then the world of education would be utopia. One of the best documentaries of the 21st century thus far.
December 5, 2012
A little cute & touching documentary
½ November 21, 2012
Recommending this to every parent and teacher!!
September 25, 2012
This movie is about a small, single-classroom school in rural France. It's interesting, it feels real, but it lacks directing. I found myself wondering at times what was the point of this movie. Some parts are also long.
July 24, 2012
A sweet and cherub documentary about one school teacher teaching innocent children in a rural area of France. To Be and To Have gently touched my heart.
May 4, 2012
Nicolas Philibert's gentle observant documentary, quietly watching from the sidelines as a group of young French children go through a year of school, all being taught by one dedicated teacher, is a different and heartwarming experience. The manner in which Philibert places the camera on the same level as the children as they quietly, thoughtfully work out spelling and maths problems completely reminds one of the innocent atmosphere present in most primary schools. The childrens' interactions are funny and interesting, and the story of soon-to-be-retired teacher Georges Lopez's bond with teaching the kids is warmly understandable. A charming and lovely film.
May 3, 2012
I have a DVD copy and will loan it out to whomever wants to see it!
½ April 29, 2012
What a great teacher. I almost fell in love with him.
April 24, 2012
Hermoso documental, que es toda una inspiración para aquellos que queremos ser maestros.
February 3, 2012
Such a beautiful film. Enjoyed sitting under a blanket watching this this afternoon.
January 14, 2012
Wonderful documentary showing an experienced school teacher in an oldfashioned one room school house. This movie always affects me. An unusual picture, but very moving.
December 10, 2011
Every teacher and every parent should see this documentary ! :)
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