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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)
Comedy, Drama, World Cinema, Festival & Independent
Rating: M Offensive language & nudity
Slovak with English subtitles
Slovakia, Czech Republic
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