Once in a Lifetime
A dedicated history teacher at a French high school, Anne Gueguen (Ariane Ascaride) is determined to give the best education she can to her underprivileged inner-city pupils. Overcoming their apathy, however, proves more difficult than expected. Frustrated but undaunted, Anne tests her multicultural classroom with a unique assignment: a national competition on the theme of child victims of the Nazi concentration camps. The project is initially met with extreme resistance, until a face-to-face encounter with a Holocaust survivor changes the students’ attitudes dramatically. Despite their long-shot odds of winning, these once-rebellious teens soon begin to see themselves in a whole new light. Based on a true story, “Once in a Lifetime” -- which Variety praises as “an ode to tolerance” -- demonstrates the enduring impact of the Holocaust in transforming future generations.
France, 2014, 105 min., French
Film CategoryInterfaith Competition Women in Film Spotlight Robert French and French-Language Focus International Spotlight
SubjectClass Issues Holocaust Jewish School Youth
Saint Louis University