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4.0 out of 5 stars Beauty in a Grain of Sand?, 25 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Etre Et Avoir [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
A documentary about a small French school does not sound like fodder for the entry paying English speaking cinema audience, but this little gem really works.
It's secret is in the waiting. This has not just taken a year to make it has taken hours of editing. The children are unaware of the camera and it is the eccentricity of youth that propels its entertainment value across the language/culture diivde. So we see a four year old artfully plea for his playtime to be restored and the collective fear felt by the school as it visits the secondary college, that some of the class will be attending the following year.
All life is here; birth, death, laughter tears, not least from the very accomplished teacher as he says goodbye to his charges at the end of the academic year.
There is nothing more moving than the truth and this is a convincing testament, for this reviewer anyway, of why a career working with children has so many benefits beyond the salary cheque.
For this reason it is an inspiration.
The extras are negligible unless you are obsessive about technical details.
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