School Life

Nominee
Grand Jury Prize ~ World Cinema: Documentary
Sundance Film Festival
A rambunctious collage of a self-contained self-sustaining world, with its own rules of play and concerns.

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School Life

For years John and Amanda Leyden have become legends teaching Reading, ‘Rithmetic, and Rock ‘n’ Roll to young pupils at Headfort School, an enchanting 18th century Hogwarts-like boarding school in Ireland. The pace is hectic and the mood infectious as the eccentric couple works their magic in hilarious fashion on fertile young minds. But for pupil and teacher alike, there is poignancy in discovering that leaving is the hardest lesson to learn.
Genre
Documentary
Runtime
99
Language
English
Director
Neasa Ní Chianáin
David Rane
Awards:
Nominee, Grand Jury Prize ~ World Cinema: Documentary, Sundance Film Festival
FEATURED REVIEW
Josh Modell, AV Club

The documentary 'School Life' originally had a much more provocative title, 'In Loco Parentis,' which is a legal term that means “in the place of parents.” It implies, however vaguely, something lacking in a child’s mother and/or father—and 'School Life' doesn’t spend much time on parents at all. ...

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