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by Nicolas Vanier


Paris 1930. Paul has only ever had one and the same horizon: the high walls of the orphanage, an austere building in the Parisian working class suburbs. When he is entrusted to Célestine and Borel, a joyful country woman and her husband, the stubborn child from the city arrives in a mysterious and wild region. The huge forest, misty ponds, heaths, and fields all belong to the Count de la Fresnaye, an elderly taciturn man who lives alone in his manor. The Count tolerates poachers on his estate, but Borel relentlessly hunts them down, most especially, Totoche, the most wily and elusive among them. In the heart of Sologne, alongside Totoche, Paul will learn about the forest, its secrets, and life.

international title: The School Of Life
original title: L'École buissonnière
country: France
sales agent: StudioCanal
year: 2017
genre: fiction
directed by: Nicolas Vanier
film run: 116'
release date: FR 11/10/2017, CH 11/10/2017, BE 25/10/2017, UK 3/11/2017, PT 21/06/2018, FR 15/02/2019
screenplay: Jérôme Tonnerre, Nicolas Vanier
cast: François Cluzet, Eric Elmosnino, François Berléand, Valérie Karsenti, Claudine Baschet, Affif Ben Badra, Urbain Cancelier, Laurent Gerra
cinematography by: Eric Guichard
costumes designer: Adélaïde Gosselin
producer: Clément Miserez, Matthieu Warter
production: Radar Films, France 2 Cinéma, StudioCanal
distributor: StudioCanal, Frenetic Films, Athena Films, StudioCanal, NOS Audiovisuais, Vercine
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