Être et avoir

Nicolas Philibert, France, 2002


Être et Avoir is a documentary which follows the life of a class in a small village school over the course of a school year. During the film’s 1 and half hours we witness the passage of the seasons, the transformations they impose on the land, the changing seasonal attire of the people of the village, the light, and the changes in village life itself.

Come springtime the green of the grass has replaced the snow and ice. The school’s front door is full of water, and the teacher sees two children to the road, protecting them against the storm under two umbrellas. At the end of the shot we hear a thunderclap while the rain continues to pour. In the following shot, a beautiful rainbow arcs over the green landscape below, accompanied by the sound of bird song. Each season proposes its own sounds.