The Teacher

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A teacher comes under fire for allegedly using her students to manipulate their parents in this Slovak-Czech drama from Oscar-nominated director Jan Hrebejk (Divided We Fall).

"The early 1980s, Czechoslovakia. The principal of an elementary school calls a special parents meeting. Allegations have been made against a seemingly empathetic, kind, and amiable-looking teacher named Mrs. Drazděchová (Zuzana Mauréry), claiming that she uses her students to manipulate their parents into providing her with minor handyman assistance, unearned material comforts, and even a love affair. Will any of the families oppose the unscrupulous teacher or will her unwritten system continue to hold sway?

"The picture can be read as a bold contribution to the debate about the monstrosities that warped Czechoslovak society in the Normalization era, or about the post-revolution period, tainted by communism, that allowed the mechanisms of the past to take firm root. But the story, of course, has a universal application – the corrosive force of power, corruption, and human calculation hardly respects the limitations of time and space." (Karlovy Vary International Film Festival)


Directed by

Comedy, Drama, World Cinema, Festival & Independent


Rating: M Offensive language & nudity

Slovak with English subtitles

Slovakia, Czech Republic

Hollywood Reporter


Hrebejk has always been an exceptional director of actors and his latest, though in Slovak rather than Czech (the two are mutually intelligible), is no exception.

Variety (USA)


Hrebejk’s direction is smooth and the ensemble performances top-notch.

Los Angeles Times


"The Teacher" benefits not only from filmmakers who join a multifaceted understanding of human nature with a fastidious control of technique and style, but also from being set in a particular time and place.

New York Times


"The Teacher" is polished, engaging and somewhat risk-averse.

Screen International


Maurery handles her character, a nasty piece of work to be sure, with such natural aplomb that she makes Mrs Drazdechova not only perfectly credible but pretty scary too.

News Corp (Australia)


Much more than a mere throwback to the forgotten ways of a time long gone, The Teacher is a class well worth attending.