School of Life

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    Feature Film | 2016-2017 | France

    Shooting data

    LocationsSologne (France)


    • Trailer/Video on Youtube

    Brief synopsis

    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. Entrusted to a joyful country woman, Célestine, and her husband, Borel, the rather stiff gamekeeper of a vast estate in Sologne, the city child, recalcitrant and stubborn, arrives in a mysterious and disturbing world, that of a soverign 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 a fairytale Sologne, alongside Totoche, Paul will learn about life, and also about the forest and its secrets.
    An even heavier secret weighs down the estate, because Paul has not happened to come there by accident...


    ActorRole nameVoice actor / SpeakerVoice actor
    François CluzetTotoche [L]
    Jean ScandelPaul [L]
    Eric ElmosninoBorel [L]
    François BerléandLe Comte de la Fresnaye [L]
    Valérie KarsentiCélestine [L]
    Thomas DurandBertrand [SR]
    Ilona CabreraBella [SR]
    Frédéric SaurelDédé [SR]
    Urbain CancelierLucien [SR]
    Murielle Huet des AunayMontaine [SR]
    Thierry RobardArmand [SR]
    Carolina JurczakFlorence [SR]
    Afif Ben BadraLe chef des gitans [SR]
    Claudine BaschetLa mémé gitane [SR]
    Christine JolyMadeleine [SR]
    Laurent GerraLe gendarme [SR]


    1st ADOlivier Horlait
    Director of photographyEric Guichard
    2nd unit dopLaurent Charbonnieranimals
    Camera operatorMatthieu Le Bothlan
    Steadicam operatorLoïc Savouré
    Casting directorSylvie Brocheré
    Casting directorGwendale Schmitz
    Costume designerAdélaïde Gosselin
    DirectorNicolas Vanier
    Script supervisorValentine Traclet
    EditorRaphaëlle Urtin
    GafferStéphane Assié
    Key hair stylistGérald Portenart
    Key makeup artistThi Thanh Tu Nguyen
    ComposerArmand Amar
    ProducerClément Miserez
    ProducerMatthieu Warter
    Production designerSébastian Birchler
    Unit production managerPhilippe Gautier
    Post production supervisorSidonie Waserman
    Unit managerBenoît Charrié
    ScreenwriterJérôme Tonnerre
    ScreenwriterNicolas Vanier
    Production sound mixerEmmanuel Hachette
    Sound re-recording mixerFrançois-Joseph Hors
    Sound editorThomas Desjonquères
    Foley artistPascal Chauvin
    Vfx supervisorAlain Carsoux
    Animal trainerMuriel Bec
    Animal trainerSandra Kiesser

    Production companies

    Radar Films [fr]
    France 2 Cinéma [fr]

    Distributing companies

    Studiocanal [fr]


    TypeCountryStationDate / TimeComment
    RepeatFranceCiné+ [fr]Wednesday, 15/01/2020, 9.55 AMCiné+ Premier


    Theatre releaseFranceWednesday, 11/10/2017