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Teacher, The

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603779
PLU: 9322225225749

From Oscar-nominated writer/director Jan Hrebejk (Divided We Fall), THE TEACHER is a wildly entertaining black comedy inspired by the true story of a Communist-era school teacher who manipulated her pupils and their families for unprecedented personal gain.

From Oscar-nominated writer/director Jan Hrebejk (Divided We Fall), THE TEACHER is a wildly entertaining black comedy inspired by the true story of a Communist-era school teacher who manipulated her pupils and their families for unprecedented personal gain.

Format - DVD
Genre - World Cinema
Rating - M
Consumer Advice - Mature themes, coarse language and brief nudity
Release Date - 11/04/18
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A Communist Black Comedy Inspired by a True Story

From Oscar-nominated writer/director Jan Hrebejk (Divided We Fall), THE TEACHER is a wildly entertaining black comedy inspired by the true story of a Communist-era school teacher who manipulated her pupils and their families for unprecedented personal gain.

The early 1980s, Czechoslovakia. At the start of a new term at a suburban high school, a seemingly empathetic and kind new teacher, the middle-aged Maria Drazdchová greets her class. She asks them to introduce themselves and share what their parents do for a living, explaining that it's important to know how their parents might collectively help the group. Soon after, she gradually begins to pressure both students and parents by seeking favours grocery collection, handyman assistance, lifts and haircuts and connecting them with special treatment in class and, most significantly, good grades.

Before long Maria's demands grow more complex and dangerous, so when a serious incident finally draws her unscrupulous behavior to her colleagues, the principal calls a secret meeting, seeking parents to sign a petition to move "Comrade Drazdechová" on from the school. But her high connections with the Communist Party hang above everyone in the room, and it's soon evident that standing up for what's right may be much easier said than done. With production design and cinematography that recreates the era to wonderful effect, THE TEACHER delivers a timeless and universal story of opportunism, bias and human dignity. Laced with wicked humour and standout performances, this rousing morality tale employs a delicate touch to skewer not only the complications of communism, but the human characteristics that ensure it never quite works out as expected.

DirectorsJan Hrebejk
Film GenreWorld Cinema
LabelMadman Entertainment
AudioSlovak (Dolby Digital)
SubtitlesEnglish
Running Time98
Region Coding4
TV StandardPAL
RatingM
Consumer AdviceMature themes, coarse language and brief nudity
Year of Release2016
Primary Format - Movies/TVDVD
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