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|Neasa Ní Chianáin & David Rane
In Loco Parentis
Ireland, Spain 2016
Suitable for audiences all ages
|Not everyone subscribes to the hoary old maxim that school days are the best of your life, but even for those who do, along comes "In Loco Parentis" to prove that they could have been better. Set in and around the loving, liberally managed prep school of Headfort in idyllic County Kells, Ireland, Neasa Ní Chianáin's gentle but keen-eyed documentary celebrates contemporary, constructive methods of elementary education, while also taking cozy comfort in the more longstanding aspects of the institution - not least in its selection of veteran teaching couple Amanda and John Leyden as our chief guides through Headfort's venerable stone-built walls. 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.
Guy Lodge / Variety
Director: Neasa Ní Chianáin & David Rane
Neasa Ní Chianáin (born in 1975) is an Irish documentary director who has also directed several TV documentaries and short films. David Rane is an Irish film producer who has produced award-winning documentaries, animated films and short fims.
Production: David Rane / Soilsiú Films
Sales: Magnolia Pictures