This enchanting French documentary follows a year in the life of a teacher and his students in a one-room country school. The children, ranging in age from 4 to 11, display no awkwardness in front of the camera, but go about their days dealing with the agonies of times tables, the mysteries of learning to write, the thrill of flipping crepes, and the challenges of getting along. The teacher has the wisdom and patience of a saint, in sharp contrast with a parent who is shown slapping her son during a homework session.
I heartily recommend this film to future, present, and past teachers; it will certainly remind you of the innocence and value of each child and will inspire you to do your best on their behalf. This is a rare and wonderful documentary that will have you laughing and reaching for the tissues. With English subtitles.