Saturday, April 25, 2009
Être et avoir (2002)
Featuring: Georges Lopez and the children of a rural school in France
The Gist: A lovely documentary that follows the goings-on at the primary school of a very very small village (I do research sometimes honestly, but I can’t remember the name of the village and don’t want to look it up for reasons I’ll explain later). There are about twenty students of varying ages and levels of cuteness. Lopez teaches all of them, in the same room. This makes sense to me since I come from a place where some schools had about 12 students altogether, but the city folk I watched this with were baffled. And by baffled I mean faces permanently set to “what the fug?”.
And then what happens?: It’s so cute that “so” is pronounced “shooooo” and you wave your finger at it and stick out your tongue. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll feel sophisticated cause it’s French and it's a documentary. Most people need only one of those things to stay classy.
And now a warning: After watching this you’ll have a warm glow, like the world isn’t such a bad place after all. Then someone will try to tell you about what happened after the film was released. I made the decision to put my hands in my ears and live in blissful ignorance and still believe in Santa. But the information is out there if you want it, it’s your call.
See it for: Marie. I laughed out loud just at the sight of her.
Level of Crazy: 10. And by crazy I mean crazy-cute.