Teacher, The

From Oscar-nominated writer/director Jan Hřebejk, 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 kind new teacher, Maria Drazděchová, 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 and connecting them with special treatment in class and, most significantly, good grades. Before long Maria’s demands grow more complex and dangerous, leading the school principal to call a secret meeting, seeking parents to sign a petition to move “Comrade Drazděchová” 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. THE TEACHER is a rousing morality tale that delivers a timeless and universal story of opportunism, bias and human dignity.

[Legend Deluxe: In-Cinema dining session. High-Tea: In-Cinema dining session. CC & AD: Closed captions or audio description available for individual use for this session, captions DO NOT appear on-screen.]

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Rating M
Genre Drama
Running Time 103
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