The Teacher

Directed by Jan Hrebejk
Film Movement
103 Minutes
Slovakia, Czech Republic
Drama, Comedy
Not Rated
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Czechoslovakia, 1983. Middle school teacher Comrade Drazdechova (Zuzana Maurery, Best Actress winner at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival) greets her new students by asking each to announce what his or her parents do for a living. Soon, it becomes apparent that her pupils' grades are tied to how helpful their families can be with favors, both big and small. While this does not sit well with many parents, others are willing to play along because Ms. Drazdechova is also a high-ranking official of the Communist Party. Now, with the futures of their children at stake, each family must decide whether they are willing to maintain the status quo or stand up against the corrupt system.


  • Zuzana Mauréry
  • Éva Bandor
  • Peter Bebjak
  • Monika Certezni
  • Tamara Fischer
DVD Features

Bonus Short: Sacrilege, directed by Christophe M. Saber

Sound: Stereo 2.0 and 5.1 Surround Sound

Discs: 1

  • Highest Rating
    "[An] intelligent and universally resonant crowd-pleaser..."
    Alissa Simon, Variety
  • Highest Rating
    "**** Hrebejk and Jarchovsy deftly employ humour as a way of mocking and undercutting their anti-heroine while preventing their overall point about power and corruption from becoming preachy. "
    Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
  • Highest Rating
    "Effectively transposing "12 Angry Men" into the most intense PTA meeting of all time, Jan Hrebejk's "The Teacher" is a sardonic, richly seriocomic morality play..."
    David Ehrlich, Indiewire

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