And you thought your job was tough. With this profile of a devoted French schoolteacher and the desperately poor community he serves, Bertrand Tavernier continues to explore the plight of the French underclass he first examined in his 1998 documentary THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS. His subjects here are fictional, but their stories are no less grim. Daniel Lefebvre (Philippe Torreton) is the beleaguered director of the Lagrange School, an underfunded kindergarten in an impoverished mining village in Northern France. For many of Daniel's students, school is the
most stable environment they know: Many of their parents are too poor to feed, clothe or bathe their childre...