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Etre Et Avoir (2002)

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4 out of 10 A nice experience
David from Dublin, 21 Sep 2010
The film pretty much shows a lot of footage from a classic French single room preschool. It's a simple premise, and it's not embelished by any voiceover (and only one interview), but somehow it strikes a chord. Probably because you get to see the kids as they go through the little details of life. Maybe because it reminds you of your own school days and times when even small things seemed so big. Possibly because it shows how the single teacher deals with his class. Likely because the filim
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4 out of 10 "To be And To have"
Dominique from Kildare, 25 Jun 2011
Excellent documentary style movie! Highly recommended for primary school teaching.It shows very well the life of a dedicated country school teacher near retirement: very slow but endearing.It helps to understand the psychology of the higlly skillfull teaching profession at primary level and appreciate how important it is to respect small children and listen to them so they can grow at their own pace.Also beautifull pictures of french country scenery.
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5 out of 10 The girlfriends favourite movie!
Ciaran from Dublin, 29 Jun 2007
Truly touching and affecting documentary where a camera crew set up shop in a one-class school in rural France. The teacher is one of the most touching people ever in a film and to know he is a real being makes it all the better. Expertly edited to show the passing of the whole school term and you really do connect with the teacher and his students. Good comedy to be had and real life never looked this good. Take a chance on it!
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1 out of 10 Very slow
laura from Dublin, 22 Dec 2009
Took this out based on the great reviews but really didn't enjoy it. I think maybe if you're a teacher and you want to watch a documentary about another teacher and his class then you might get something out of it. Some sweet kids, but each scene starts with a lingering shot of the countryside, and then shows some of the action in the school. I couldn't sit through this and didn't finish watching.
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4 out of 10 Etre et Avoir
Susan from Dublin, 10 Jan 2008
This is a little gem of a movie. Shot in a simple style it shows the impact one man has on his small class in rural France. It is slow moving but if you just go with the flow of the documentary it is very rewarding. Worth renting for something a bit different.
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What's it about....
Charting the events within a small single-class village school over the course of one academic year, 'Etre Et Avoir' takes a warm and serene look at primary education in the French heartlands. A dozen youngsters, aged 4-10, are brought together in a rural classroom and taught every subject by a single teacher. A master of quiet authority, he patiently navigates the children towards adolesence, cooling down their arguments and listening to their problems with extraordinary...

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