A Teacher

2013

A Teacher

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Part psychological thriller and part provocative character study, A TEACHER explores the unraveling of a young high school teacher, Diana (Lindsay Burdge), after she begins an affair with one of her teenage students, Eric (Will Brittain). What starts as a seemingly innocent fling becomes increasingly complex and dangerous as the beautiful and confident Diana gets fully consumed by her emotions, crossing boundaries and acting out in progressively startling ways. Lindsay Burdge delivers a deeply compelling and seamlessly naturalistic performance that brings us into the mind of an adult driven to taboo against her better judgment. (c) Oscilloscope Laboratories

Cast

Lindsay Burdge
as Diana Watts
Will Brittain
as Eric Tull
Jonny Mars
as Hunter Watts
Chris Doubek
as Eric's Father
Hannah Dannelly
as Eric's Date to the Dance
Mark Farely
as Sophia's Father
Michael J. Wilson
as Sophia's Brother
Tony Layson
as Westerbrook Faculty
Elana Farley
as Westerbrook Faculty
Taylor Kennedy
as Westerbrook Faculty
Victoria Warner
as Westerbrook Faculty
Ashlin Williamson
as Westerbrook Faculty
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Critic Reviews for A Teacher

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (21)

  • The movie is lifeless for its first hour, and the last-minute outpourings are too little, too late.

    September 12, 2013 | Full Review…
  • "A Teacher" will leave you feeling drained, even exhausted. That's about right for a movie about obsession, one with no resolution except waiting for the other thud to drop.

    September 10, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • An evocative but ultimately hollow indie drama.

    September 6, 2013 | Full Review…
  • The diminishing returns in part are due to Burdge's performance, which too often settles for the same look of fraught anxiety. But they also result from Fidell's decision to pare her film down to the barest elements.

    September 5, 2013 | Full Review…

    Tomas Hachard

    NPR
    Top Critic
  • Ms. Fidell ... has a fine eye but not the makings of a feature-length movie here and, it quickly becomes clear, isn't interested in this relationship or the moral, ethical and legal issues it raises.

    September 5, 2013 | Rating: 2/5
  • Fidell's mature style and Burdge's lack of guile are engaging. As the film's emotions grow darker, a lack of ideas comes through.

    September 5, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Teacher

  • May 28, 2017
    Cautionary tale about a young teacher who gets involved with a teenage student. The teacher was very sympathetic considering the subject matter could have been icky. Brief at 77 minutes long. Nicely acted.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 26, 2014
    The ending never told you what happens to her. Totally unsatisfying
    Ida K Super Reviewer

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