In December 2009, the film “The Little School of Behaviour 4” was given the governmental rating “excellent” by the Deutschen Film- und Medienbewertung (German governmental organisation, awarding films with ratings of excellence) and was also chosen as “DVD of the Month”.

Deutschen Film- und Medienbewertung (German Film and Media Review) - Press Release

This successful episode of the educational film series for children and young people is considered excellent for educational purposes. The story of schoolchild Chrissie, whose parents become broke after their company has to close down, is told in two versions. Suddenly there are no more luxuries, the family has to move into a small inner-city apartment and they can't afford the upcoming class trip. “Money alone ...”, part 1 of this episode of the series “The Little School of Behaviour” tells the story of Chrissie, who rebels aggressively against her parents, lies to her friends and even steals. Part 2 “Money costs ...” shows a contrasting constructive alternative and a self-confident and determined Chrissie, who finds new solutions to her difficult situation with the help of her parents and friends. By way of concrete and credible situations, convincing acting and many identifiable moments, this practical and true-to-life production provides important starting points for discussions in schools and youth groups. Highly recommended!

Panel's Reasoning

The children's film series “The Little School of Behaviour” deals with topics regarding children's social interactions with one another and can especially be used in schools but also in extra-curricular situations too. The panel strongly endorses this educational concept.

In the two contrasting film parts, “Money alone” and “Money costs”, it is the children who display different patterns of behaviour without the parents pointing that famous accusatory finger. What's lovely to see is how the children look for and find their own solutions – for example the flea market for children and the selling of photographs.

Under good direction, the children act realistically and there are many nice details present in their dealings with one another (the two sisters) and also in the way they speak to each other. The fact that the narrative remains from the children's perspective reinforces the film's educational value and increases its chance of being accepted by a youthful audience. The films are recommended for use in workshops, where important and stimulating discussions are to be encouraged.



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