To Be and to Have (2002)

Not Rated   |    |  Documentary, Family


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A documentary portrait of a one-room school in rural France, where the students (ranging in age from 4 to 11) are educated by a single dedicated teacher.


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Director:

Nicolas Philibert

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21 November 2004 | Barakist
10
| Documentary as impressionism
A stunning document on the nature of education as captured in beautiful, impressionistic pulses. The sights, the sounds; a construction of utmost simplicity whose structure, diaphanous and fluid, ignores commentary in favor of the subtleties of humanity, maturation and interaction that emerge from the froth of randomness that tethers each day to the next.

"Être et Avoir," the title, is presumably a reference to the two most important verbs used (and the earliest learned) in both French and English, "To be and To have," echoing the film's theme of capturing the struggle to acquire knowledge and, eventually, the struggle to impart it.

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Budget:

EUR1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,528 21 September 2003

Gross USA:

$777,129

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,063,920

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