Urok (The Lesson)


Urok (The Lesson) (2015)


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In a small Bulgarian town, Nade is an honest, hard-working elementary school teacher struggling to keep her life together. Her unemployed, alcoholic husband has secretly spent their mortgage payements on booze, and now the bank is threatening to auction off the house where they live with their young daughter. The agency where she translates legal documents to English for extra cash is going under and unable to pay her what she's due, and a thief in her class has stolen the last few dollars out of her purse. With few options left, she solicits help from a local loan shark who is happy to give her what she needs at a steep price. With the reposession looming, Nade will resort to measures her former self, untouched by the realities of economic desperation and moral compromise, would have found depraved, as she makes one last extreme effort to secure the money she needs. (C) Film Movement

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There's an awful fascination to this bleak movie from Bulgarian writer-directors Petar Valchanov and Kristina Grozeva, whose feature debut has something of the deadpan drear and social satire of the new Romanian cinema.

Dec 3, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The kinetic yet poker-faced filmmaking renders the narrative turns especially jolting.

May 22, 2015 | Full Review…

The talented Margita Gosheva grippingly plays an assertive, hardworking, honest heroine, but that's all she'll do here. Following her static, white-knuckled strain is compelling but not exactly a delight.

Apr 9, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It's akin to watching someone get their knuckles cracked by a ruler, over and over again.

Mar 4, 2015 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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The script's mordant humor only makes Nade's situation feel more bleak.

Mar 4, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A precisely paced, nightmarish thriller.

Mar 4, 2015 | Full Review…

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