The Teacher

The Teacher

(Ucitelka)
(2016)

A teacher comes under fire for allegedly using her students to manipulate their parents in this Slovak-Czech drama from Oscar-nominated director Jan Hrebejk (Divided We Fall).... More

"The early 1980s, Czechoslovakia. The principal of an elementary school calls a special parents meeting. Allegations have been made against a seemingly empathetic, kind, and amiable-looking teacher named Mrs. Drazděchová (Zuzana Mauréry), claiming that she uses her students to manipulate their parents into providing her with minor handyman assistance, unearned material comforts, and even a love affair. Will any of the families oppose the unscrupulous teacher or will her unwritten system continue to hold sway?

"The picture can be read as a bold contribution to the debate about the monstrosities that warped Czechoslovak society in the Normalization era, or about the post-revolution period, tainted by communism, that allowed the mechanisms of the past to take firm root. But the story, of course, has a universal application – the corrosive force of power, corruption, and human calculation hardly respects the limitations of time and space." (Karlovy Vary International Film Festival)Hide

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  • Hrebejk has always been an exceptional director of actors and his latest, though in Slovak rather than Czech (the two are mutually intelligible), is no exception. Full Review

  • Hrebejk’s direction is smooth and the ensemble performances top-notch. Full Review

  • "The Teacher" benefits not only from filmmakers who join a multifaceted understanding of human nature with a fastidious control of technique and style, but also from being set in a particular time and place. Full Review

  • Maurery handles her character, a nasty piece of work to be sure, with such natural aplomb that she makes Mrs Drazdechova not only perfectly credible but pretty scary too. Full Review