SCHOOL LIFE directed by Neasa Ní Chianáin and David Rane
In the vein, but not the league, of Nicolas Philibert’s sublime To Be and To Have from 2002, this fly-on-thewall documentary follows a year in the life of Headfort, an exclusive Irish boarding primary school housed in an old Georgian mansion. Its ostensible subjects are John and Amanda Leydon, a teaching couple contemplating the end of their 46-year careers, but the film never gets to grips with the potential of that, settling instead for a series of snapshot moments, many of them made delightful because of John’s combustible dryness. Charming as far as it goes.
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