School Life

Category: documentary
Director: Neasa Ní Chianáin
Co-Director: David Rane
Country: Ireland, Spain
Year: 2016
Length: 99'
Production Status: completed


A spirited documentary featuring two soon-to-retire teachers at a rambling Irish boarding school who view their charges with equal parts eccentricity and care. John and Amanda Leyden have taught there for over 40 years and no doubt they've seen it all, but their dedication (underlined in the film's original title, In Loco Parentis) is unwavering. Their approach is undoubtedly archaic, bringing to mind Goodbye Mr Chips, but nonetheless they forge a bond with 21st century teen rebels and homesick kids alike. Ní Chianáin's fly-on-the-wall camera reaches every nook and cranny, but is never intrusive. Rather it captures the lives of teachers and students with liberal poignancy and charm.

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