Your Company

School Life

✭ ✭ ✭ ✭   Read critic reviews

Ireland, Spain · 2019
Rated PG-13 · 1h 39m
Director David Rane
Genre Documentary

An observational documentary that follows John and Amanda, two inspirational teachers at an Irish boarding school who embrace both modernity and tradition, teaching Latin, English, and guitar. But as retirement looms, the two reflect on what comes next, and what will keep them young if they leave?

Stream School Life

What are people saying?

What are critics saying?


The New York Times by Ben Kenigsberg

School Life is a loving portrait, primarily, of the inspirational educator couple, who command the respect of their students and always seem to know what a particular child needs to hear.


IndieWire by David Ehrlich

By highlighting sweet, indicative, or hilarious moments rather than tracing the teachers’ relationships with any particular students, the film is more attuned to the rhythms of Headfort than it is the people in it.


Screen International by Fionnuala Halligan

Childhood is a mystery we endlessly come back to and a place the Leydens have never fully left; Ní Chianáin gives the viewer an intimate view of it in this unusual little story.


The Playlist by Gary Garrison

It certainly succeeds in being a joyous, humane look at the role that school, education, and, most importantly, teachers have in the lives of such malleable minds.


Variety by Guy Lodge

There’s considerable poignancy in the contrast between this eccentric pair’s mutual sense that their lives are winding down and the vast, still-unshaped futures of their young charges, but Ní Chianáin’s film largely resists sentimentality of the “Greatest Love of All” variety.


The A.V. Club by Josh Modell

Maybe it won’t exist in Ireland much longer either, so it’s a good thing that School Life manages to capture its weird, wonderful world.


Time by Stephanie Zacharek

School Life is a bit woolly in its pacing, but the picture’s easygoing structure is part of its charm—it mimics, perhaps, the passage of time at Headfort itself.

Users who liked this film also liked