A Teacher Sunday, 05 April 2020

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)


    Arguing, bickering, raised voices.


    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.


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


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


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


    Sick mother (likely dementia) mentioned.


    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.


    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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