Urok (The Lesson) Reviews

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January 20, 2018
The film is a criticism of the system, exploitation, corruption and usury. [Full review in Spanish]
September 20, 2017
The feature debut of the Bulgarian directors, Grozeva and Valchanov, is heir to the best Italian post-neorealism. [Full review in Spanish]
October 10, 2016
A film with a coherent audiovisual appearance but abuses of the "the world is horrible" card. [Full review in Spanish]
October 5, 2016
The problem with this film is that the directors focus so much on the protagonist submitting her to the closest thing to an ordeal, pushing the film to an absurd critic about capitalism and bureaucracy. [Full review in Spanish]
December 6, 2015
Gosheva dominates the screen, her expressive face leading us through a minefield of conflicting emotions toward battle-hardened resolve.
December 3, 2015
The suspense is superbly maintained as the excellent Gosheva struggles to stay on her pedestal.
December 3, 2015
The Lesson takes a simple, and hardly extravagant premise and somehow constructs, out of this initial set-up, a gripping, increasingly desperate, and often wildly intense narrative rollercoaster.
December 3, 2015
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.
December 2, 2015
Young Bulgarian directors Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov have made a tight, bleak, suspenseful drama in The Lesson, driven by a commanding, unforgiving performance from actress Margita Gosheva.
December 1, 2015
A quietly compelling Bulgarian drama that views the age of austerity through the tragic dilemmas of one victim.
September 1, 2015
A moral drama with plenty to teach us about the difficulties of living an ethical life.
May 22, 2015
The kinetic yet poker-faced filmmaking renders the narrative turns especially jolting.
April 9, 2015
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.
March 10, 2015
It's a clever, lean exploration of the sometimes surprising priorities you hold when your back is to the wall: which of your ideals will hold out when unjust push comes to desperate shove, and which will be the first you sacrifice.
Top Critic
March 4, 2015
It's akin to watching someone get their knuckles cracked by a ruler, over and over again.
March 4, 2015
The script's mordant humor only makes Nade's situation feel more bleak.
March 4, 2015
A precisely paced, nightmarish thriller.
March 4, 2015
The Lesson works best as a depiction of one woman's mounting outrage.
March 3, 2015
A spare, stripped-to-essentials drama about economic stress and mounting desperation that should resonate with a wide range of international audiences.
March 3, 2015
The plot undermines the film's power. At the end you may be impressed at the skill on display, but you may also wish that you were more fully moved by the spectacle of a soul laid bare and transformed.
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