The Lesson

The Lesson

Kristina Grozeva (2014)

111min
15 Certificate
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Review

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.

Summary

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