DVD: The Nicolas Philibert Collection (12)

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The standout here is the ineffably lovely Être et Avoir, Philibert's documentary which charts the infinitely patient Monsieur Georges Lopez's final year of teaching in a village primary school in the Auvergne region.

The other four documentaries are a tad less life-affirming, but still beautifully observed. Nénette gazes at a "gentle and calm" 40-year-old orangutan through the glass screen of her zoo cell. Nénette has clearly lost the will to entertain her public: "She is drained of curiosity," a zoo worker says. Back to Normandy, about an old homicide case, La Ville Louvre and Un Animal, Des Animaux complete this engrossing collection.

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