Urok (The Lesson) Reviews

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.
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.
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 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.