To Be and to Have Poster

Release Date: September 5th, 2003

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 45 min

Plot Summary
In rural France, schoolteacher Georges Lopez educates 12 children, whose ages range from 4 to 11 years old. Over the course of a year, the soon-to-retire Lopez instructs them all in one small classroom with the traditional tools of French teaching: rote repetition and the dictation of literary passages for copying. As the seasons pass, Lopez must keep his students disciplined while preparing the older children for the exams that will determine their educational future.

Cast: Alizé, Axel , Guillaume , Johann, JoJo , Julien , Létitia, Georges Lopez

Director: Nicolas Philibert

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: Canal Plus Image International

Distributors: New Yorker Films

Keywords: France, Growing up, 2000s

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Nominated Film Not in the English Language
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2003)