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School Of Life

L'école buissonnière

2017, Nicolas Vanier, France, 116 min. With François Cluzet, Jean Scandel.

Show Times

  • Fri, Sep 7th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Sep 7th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Sep 8th 3:00pm
  • Sun, Sep 9th 5:00pm
  • Mon, Sep 10th 8:00pm
  • Tue, Sep 11th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Sep 12th 8:00pm
  • Thu, Sep 13th 6:00pm
Chicago premiere!

"Gorgeous woodland scenery and spectacular wildlife photography cast a magical spell under Vanier's skillful direction." - Justin Lowe, Hollywood Reporter

"Wildlife and the forests of Sologne are at the forefront…altogether authentic." - Lindsay Bellinger, The Upcoming

The natural beauty of the Loire Valley is the lush setting for this comedy-drama of an orphan boy coming into a kingdom of his own in the forests of France's Sologne region. In 1927, young Paul (Scandel) is whisked away from his grim Paris orphanage by kindly Célestine (Valérie Karsenti), wife of a gamekeeper. She brings him home to a little house on the estate of Count de la Fresange (François Berléand), where the curious boy is given two stern warnings - stay away from the wily old poacher Totoche (Cluzet of TELL NO ONE and THE INTOUCHABLES), who lives in the wild woods; and don't be seen by the Count. Paul is soon innocently bonding with both in shared love for the forest and all its creatures. Director Vanier - noted author, wilderness adventurer, and champion of conservation - blends gentle comedy, an appreciation for the plentiful wildlife of the Sologne, and the intriguing mystery of Paul's origins into a true storybook saga with a splendid coming-of-age finale. In French with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)

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