Urok (The Lesson) Reviews

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 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.
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.
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 1, 2015
The film ultimately understands poverty as a profound and often irreversible desolation of terra firma.
February 21, 2015
The Lesson: A hardly coincidental Bulgaria/Greece joint class act on toxic neo-colonialism. And a Euro-economic crisis cinema moral noir drama raising those bitter stakes with its post-Soviet, reverse requiem of despair under domination of the dollar.
February 6, 2015
With a steady pace and slowly rising tension, the Bulgarian drama "The Lesson" catalogs the minor miseries in the life of a well-meaning schoolteacher, which accumulate in a way that's both absurd and utterly realistic.