A Teacher Saturday, 21 September 2019

A Teacher

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes, sex scenes, coarse language and nudity.

  • The pitch:

    A de-grading lesson.

  • Starring:

    Lindsay Burdge, Will Brittain, Jennifer Prediger, Julie Dell Phillips, Jonny Mars, Chris Doubek, Matthew Genitempo

  • Directed by:

    Hannah Fidell

  • Running time:

    75 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), NR (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Arguing, bickering, raised voices.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    A couple have sex in the back seat of a car, in bed. Oral sex, kissing, breast-fondling. Exposed breast, shirtless man, woman in underwear, undressing. References to sex acts. Topless photos mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits, shots). Bar setting. Smoking weed mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words Religious reference and exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    Teaching, student-teacher relationships, loneliness, statutory rape, siblings, Thanksgiving, quizzes, instability, insecurity, social media, texting, amorality, obsession, affairs, rejection.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Sick mother (likely dementia) mentioned.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Unsettling, moody, atmospheric, penetrating, perceptive, intense, non-judgemental, evocative, thought-provoking, unshowy, affecting. Sensitive treatment of subject matter, emotionally complex performance from Burdge, tense mood, naturalistic dialogue, open ended, underwritten approach.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Safe, insufficient, routine, slender, lifeless, hollow, lazy, claustrophobic. Narrow focus, not always easy to relate to protagonist, vague script, short running time, runs out of ideas, lacks insight.

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