• Film ID:
  • 20481
  • Availability:
  • DVD Available from Shop
  • Film cert:
  • Running time:
  • DVD=111 min.
  • Nationality(ies):
  • France.
  • Primary Language(s):
  • French.
SCHOOL OF LIFE (2017)
( L'école buissonnière)
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French drama co-written and directed by Nicolas Vanier. The film follows Paul (Jean Scandel), a young Parisian orphan sent to stay with Célestine (Valérie Karsenti) and her gamekeeper husband Borel (Eric Elmosnino) on a big estate in the Sologne countryside. While learning about life away from the city, Jean accompanies Borel as he attempts to track down elusive poacher Totoche (François Cluzet). The cast also includes François Berléand and Thomas Durand. Trapped behind the high walls of an austere orphanage in suburban Paris, Paul has only ever known one home. His chance to discover the great wide world comes when a bohemian couple, Célestine and Borel, take him back to their countryside home on a vast estate in Sologne, where Borel is the gamekeeper. Paul starts to explore his new home among the huge forests, misty ponds and fields, which all belong to the taciturn loner, Count de la Fresnaye, who Paul soon discovers has a fractious relationship with Borel due to the Count’s toleration of poachers on his estate. Borel relentlessly hunts down these welcome trespassers, particularly Totoche, the most wily and elusive among them, who has befriended Paul unbeknownst to his adoptive parents. In the heart of Sologne, Paul will learn about the forest, its mysteries and the complexities of life alongside Totoche, but a heavier secret weighs down the estate as Paul’s arrival seems to be no accident.

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