The Lesson

The Lesson

Kristina Grozeva (2014)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Needs must is the lesson provincial Bulgarian teacher Margita Gosheva learns in this darkly droll thriller fashioned around an actual event. Distracted from identifying a classroom thief by her own sudden financial embarrassment, Gosheva feels unable to ask her father (Ivan Savov) for a loan to meet a mortgage payment after her drunken husband (Ivan Burnev) squanders her meagre savings. But a series of cruel coincidences conspire to make her miss a deadline with a loan shark that compels the morally upright 30-something to resort to desperate measures. Taking their tonal cues from the Dardenne brothers and Christian Petzold, writer/directors Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov ably capture the claustrophobia and corruption of small-town life and, by keeping the camera close to Gosheva, they succeed in making her compelling, even though she is somewhat starchily unsympathetic. A couple of contrivances feel clumsy, while some of the support playing is a touch caricatured. But the suspense is superbly maintained as the excellent Gosheva struggles to stay on her pedestal.


In a small Bulgarian town, a young teacher is looking for the robber in her class so she can teach him a lesson about right and wrong. However, when she gets in debt to loan sharks, she faces her own problems. Drama, starring Margita Gosheva, Ivan Barnev and Ivan Savov.

Cast & Crew

Nadezhda Margita Gosheva
Mladen Ivan Barnev
Money Lender Stefan Denolyubov
Ivanka Bratoeva
Ivan Savov
Director Kristina Grozeva
Director Petar Valchanov
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Other Information

Language: Bulgarian, EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: New Wave FilmsGuidance: Swearing, sexual references.Released on: 4 Dec 2015