Être et Avoir (2002)

This little French documentary is a lovely étude on patience, love, and the rewards they bring.

Teaching a one-room schoolhouse in a tiny farming village in France, M. Lopez treats his students with tenderness even though they aren't really academic by nature. He deals with student apathy, schoolyard skirmishes, and concerned parents. His students reveal how much he means to them when they learn he will be retiring in a couple years.

If you catch this movie, you won't soon forget some of the touching stories of the boy whose father is undergoing a laryngectomy or Jojo, the kindergartener who really doesn't want to be there. As a teacher, I can certainly relate to the title (which are two verbs that are often helping verb) To Be and To Have; teaching is an identity and it offers intrinsic rewards.


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