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I am in love.

His name is Jojo, he lives in the backwoods farming country of Central Auvergne, he wears a black leather jacket... and he is four years old.

No longer feeling like I was dying of la crève, I wandered around downtown and by the river this afternoon, but when the Sunday-shopping crowds started getting to me and the sun went behind the clouds, I found myself next to the cinéma Mat, just in time for the 2:30 showing of Être et avoir.

The movie, an official selection at Cannes, was a very delightful way to spend the afternoon. It's a sort-of documentary, sort-of narrative look at life in the countryside of Auvergne, centering on a school where all of the students from ages 4 to 11 (numbering somewhere from 10 to 15) are taught in the same room by the same teacher - a sort of one-room schoolhouse deal.

Everything in it is supposedly true and I found it very cute and sweet and real, from the charming Jojo with a marker up his nose to playground conflicts to the older students who help the younger ones. It shows a bit of the homelife of the students, too, with their activities on the farm and their families helping them with their homework. I doubt it will ever be released in other countries, but you should check it out if it is.

srah - Monday, 14 October 2002 - 10:56 AM
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