This is one of the most hopeful movies you’re likely to see anytime soon.
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The documentary exists within the very restricted pantheon of films that successfully reap the cinematic potential of pedagogy.
[A] lengthy but absorbing and illuminating documentary.
Maria Speth’s study of a veteran teacher and his early teens students lasts three and a half hours, but not a moment is wasted. Anyone who teaches, or has ever been taught, will find something to relish in this serious-minded but quietly celebratory film. just as Bachmann puts the students at ease, the film-makers have managed to do the same – unintrusively catching the pupils’ episodes of vulnerability, or certain telling moments, as when two of them exchange flirtatious taunts.
There are plenty of laughs but also, of course, moments to trouble the tear-ducts.
One of the most effortlessly absorbing and deeply encouraging nonfiction films of recent memory.