To Be and to Have (Etre et Avoir)
To Be and to Have (Etre et Avoir) (2003)

A chronicle which follows an academic year in the lives of twelve school kids, ages 4-10, who are taught every subject, from math to gym, by one single dedicated teacher, Georges Lopez.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 19, 2003
DVD Release Date: May 1, 2008
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A small, sensitive, and moving portrait of a teacher and his students.

Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

It demonstrates without overreaching what an actual teacher can do to shape lives.

Michael Booth
Denver Post

At times, it feels as stultifying as watching paint dry, without the recompense of sniffing fumes.

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Noel Murray
The Dissolve

The beauty of To Be And To Have is that Lopez's loss isn't the audience's. This movie is a portal, leading to a living museum of childhood.

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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle

A counterintuitive film about a small schoolhouse in rural France, To Be and to Have gets its punch from simple scenes and conversations.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Watchful viewers -- particularly those with fond memories of a favorite teacher -- will be deeply moved by this film.

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

The most unvarnished cinematic portrait of childhood I've ever seen.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

To Be and to Have is a movie every teacher should see, and every parent, too.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Amounts to a rare gift and an opportunity to appreciate the end of an era.

Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee

One of those rare movies that works as a humbling experience.

Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Arash Xak
A little cute & touching documentary
John Ballantine
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… More
Luke Baldock
A sweet look at a teacher in a small French town and the children he teaches. We watch as he teaches them and they grow up and finally leave. It is moving and… More
Dannielle Albert
A beautiful and intimately touching documentary about a dedicated and caring teacher in a one-room school in rural France, The students with all their unique,… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"To Be and To Have" is a documentary that focuses on Georges Lopez who has been teaching at the same one-room schoolhouse in… More
Henrik Schunk
Rather superifical and elitest account I dare say. Of course, school and education works different for kids when there is a 8 to 1 teacher ration, a beautiful… More