The Teacher (Ucitelka) (2017)


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In a middle school classroom in Bratislava in 1983, a new teacher, Maria Drazdechova (Maurery), asks each student to stand up, introduce themselves and tell her what their parents do for a living. It slowly becomes clear that perhaps the pupils' grades are related to how willing their guardians are open to helping her out with her errands, her housecleaning, and other random services. After one of the students attempts suicide, however, the director of the school has no choice but to call for an emergency parents' meeting to remove the teacher, but because Ms. Drazdechova is also a high-ranking official of the Communist Party, parents are hesitant to sign a petition to transfer her out. In a classroom behind the Iron Curtain, the future of all the families are at stake, as the film examines how each family must wrestle with standing up for what they believe in or silently keep the status quo.

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Zuzana Maurery
as Maria Drazdechova
Zuzana Konecná
as Iveta Kucerova
Csongor Kassai
as Marek Kucera
Tamara Fischer
as Danka Kucerova
Martin Havelka
as Jaroslav Binder
Éva Bandor
as Hana Binderova
Peter Bebjak
as Vaclav Littmann
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[An] absorbing Slovak-Czech drama ...

Jan 19, 2018 | Rating: B | 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.

Sep 1, 2017 | Full Review…

A little power corrupts absolutely in this caustically clever Slovak-language dramedy from the prolific Czech director-writer team of Jan Hrebejk and Petr Jarchovsky

Aug 30, 2017 | Full Review…

"The Teacher" is polished, engaging and somewhat risk-averse.

Aug 29, 2017 | Full Review…

Though flecked with dark humor, the film is a chilling reminder of what people can get away with, and what can become normal, if one consents to an oppressive system.

Jul 13, 2017 | Full Review…

Although dealing with weighty matters, Jarchovsky's script (which is based on a real-life incident he experienced during primary school) is leavened with welcome humor and irony.

May 15, 2017 | Full Review…
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