Synopsis SYNOP

SYNOPSIS


All over France, one can still find so-called "single class schools": schools that bring together all the children from one village in a single class around a single teacher, from kindergarten age to those about to move on to middle school.

These classes, that are threatened with closure as soon as their numbers dwindle, keep numerous isolated villages alive, but for how much longer? Some teachers have chosen to follow this path. Others have arrived there by chance, reluctantly at times... But, after a while, the majority of them no longer want to move on, and reject any return to the traditional system.

This film was shot in one of these schools, somewhere in the heart of Auvergne, between Ambert and Issoire. At its center is Georges Lopez - a dedicated, soon-to- retire teacher responsible for nurturing a dozen students ages 3 - 11 in all subjects, ranging from math to cooking. Caught between self-isolation and an open approach to the world at large, this small eclectic group shares everyday life, for better and for worse, along the steep path of learning to read, write and count.

France, 2002
104., Unrated
In French with English subtitles
Color



FILMMAKERS

Director
Photography
Assistant Camera
Sound
Original Score
Editing
Camera Assistant
Editor
Still photographer
Production Manager
Executive Producer
Associate producer
Co-producers


With the participation of



And the backing of

NICOLAS PHILIBERT
KATELL DJIAN, LAURENT DIDIER
HUGUES GÉMIGNANI
JULIEN CLOQUET
PHILIPPE HERSANT
NICOLAS PHILIBERT
NICOLAS PHILIBERT
THADDÉE BERTRAND
CHRISTIAN GUY
ISABELLE PAILLEY SANDOZ
GILLES SANDOZ
SERGE LALOU
MAiA FILMS, ARTE FRANCE CINÉMA
LES FILMS D'ICI, CENTRE NATIONAL DE
DOCUMENTATION PÉDAGOGIQUE
CANAL +
THE CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA
CINéMATOGRAPHIE
GIMAGES 4
THE MINISTÈRE DE L'ÉDUCATION NATIONALE
THE CONSEIL RÉGIONAL D'AUVERGNE
THE PROCIREP

FEATURING


Teacher:
Schoolchildren:

MR. GEROGES LOPEZ
ALIZE, AXEL, GUILLAUME, JESSIE,
JOHAN (JOJO), JOHANN, JONATHAN, JULIEN,
LAURA, LETITIA, MARIE-ELISABETH NATHALIE and OLIVER